A Cleveland woman, manhandled by police and charged with two felonies for trying to display anti-Bush posters, was jailed in a Cuyahoga County psych unit last week in what her attorney called a "highly unusual and outrageous" decision.
Carol Fisher, 53, was ordered by state court Judge Timothy McGinty to undergo a psychological examination as a part of her pre-sentencing investigation in the anti-Bush poster incident.
From the onset of the case, Judge McGinty openly claimed Fisher suffered from "mental problems" for resisting a brutal encounter on Jan. 28 when Cleveland Heights police manhandled and arrested her even after complying with orders to not display the anti-Bush posters on a downtown Cleveland Heights street.
And during a last minute May 9 hearing, Judge McGinty said Fischer's opposition to the Bush administration makes her "delusional." ...
During the hearing, Judge McGinty made other strange requests baffling attorneys, asking defense counsel to openly read a lengthy message on Fisher's t-shirt, saying:
"Wanted for Illegally Crossing Borders: The Bush Regime. If you are going to insist that crossing borders illegally is a crime which cannot be tolerated, how about George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice (and yes, Colin Powell) and the rest of that gang, with their highly illegal, and violent, 'crossing of the border'-into Iraq, among other places?!"
Judge McGinty then said this was proof of her delusional state, adding that "Carol wants to go to jail and that she has a martyr complex." Fisher had initially refused to taking a state ordered psych _eval, saying there was no reason for it due to the fact American citizens have the right to express political opinions in an open and honest fashion.
However, Judge McGinty's response to Fisher's refusal and statements was simply that "I don't negotiate with felons.".......
"They keep pushing my face into the sidewalk. I can't breathe. I have osteoradionecrosis in my jaw, resulting from radiation treatments for cancer. My jawbone is slowly deteriorating, is very fragile, and doesn't heal well. I am 53 years old, not exactly a spring chicken. A hand comes down again to push my chin against the concrete.
"By this time there are four cops on the scene. My hands are tightly cuffed behind my back. They lift me up and shove me onto a park bench and shackle my legs. I am still calling out, telling people what this is about. One of the cops says to me, "Shut up or I will kill you!", "I am sick of this anti-Bush !" "You are definitely going to the psyche ward." Then somebody calls the EMS, and a fire squad shows up.
"The cop supervisor appears and puts his finger in my face: "I don't like it when people treat my men like this and if you don't obey the law you will suffer the consequences." I am lifted into the EMS truck, hands still cuffed behind my back. I ask to make a call and this is refused, but a fireman offers to make a quick call for me. If not for this, no one would have known where I was or what was happening, a fate shared by many immigrants in this country. At the hospital, I am treated as an arch-criminal. Escorted by four policemen, I shuffle into the emergency room, legs still shackled, covered with leaves and mud. I think to myself, if I was Black, I would not have made it this far. I would probably be dead by now.".......
This is what your Nation is becoming a State where individuals of all ages are punished with brutality for their beliefs. Where law enforcement at all levels are sick and tired of Americans speaking their minds. Some of you love this attitude and believe this behavior to be patriotic and responsible. Oh well your problem not mine. I still believe in free expression via speech. If this is to continue to be suppressed in the name of Nationalism I assure the free spirits of this Nation will stop talking and start acting. It is our History our Culture our Right.
Go ahead try and suppress it your ass will be kicked! I hope no one takes this personal it is merely a statement in general to those that would wish too suppress speech or invade the free rights of Man given by God not a privilege allowed by a man's government. Julius Caesar has been dead for 2000 years. Long live Christ who died for his speech and thoughts not his actions.
Edited by TUTUTKAMEN - 14 May 2006 at 11:40pm
"He who fights against monsters should see to it that he does not become a monster in the process. And when you stare persistently into an abyss, the abyss also stares into you." - Nietzsche