The following information should give you fellow bloggers an idea of some of the tactics the officers use here on a daily basis to keep the prisoners off balance and oppressed.
Captain Cutler harassed me on November 15, 2011. He intentionally stole my ink pen, a rhyme, and read legal paperwork that involved him and then he confiscated my entire legal file. His acts were done with malicious intentions that had nothing to do with the prison’s security or the orderly functioning of it. The other officers that were present admitted to recognizing the unprofessional acts of the Captain. It was obvious to everyone that the Captain intended to escalate the situation by attempting to provoke me into violence. However, I remained calm and respectful which made the Captain look like a school yard bully and the one sided conflict was defused.
Captain Cutler performed a pat down search on me when I was carrying my legal file in route to the law library. When the pat down was finished he began searching the legal file. I informed him that the file contained legal work and I was going to study it at the library. He continued searching the file while reading its contents. He discovered an old rhyme that originated from a Playboy Magazine. He informed me “he thought” the rhyme was inappropriate and then stole it. Because I was unaffected by his provocation he confiscated my entire legal file. I still did not react, so he stole my pen. It was evident that the Captain was looking for a fight. But, everytime [sic] he tried to fish me in, he failed. I followed his inappropriate orders which defused the situation.
I arrived at the library empty handed only to be called back to my living quarters by officer Waltz. When I returned to the pod it was locked down and I locked myself in. Two hours later the cell was unlocked. At that time, I asked officer Waltz his reason for calling me back from the library. He explained that the Captain asked him to go through the legal file with me so I knew what was legal and what was not.
Officer Waltz then began reading my legal paperwork that included privileged mail, letters, and information from my attorney including some case law. Offer Waltz wanted to know how the various items in the file related to legal work. I answered his questions. At that point he became frustrated which seemed to trigger his inability to communicate ineffectively with the prisoners. He rudely advised me for no apparent reason that he would have Captain Cutler go through it with me. At that point I asked to see the sergeant. Waltz refused the request informing me I can not [sic] see the sergeant but had the option to lock in my cell. He also made a commit [sic] for the second time in a week that I will not be in his pod long. I walked off and sat down in the dayroom to watch television. Within a few minutes Waltz returned with my legal file.
There was no material in the file that violated prison policy. By officer Waltz returning it to me proves that the Captain and the officers behavior was meaningless, it was pure harassment. The Captain attempted to instigate violence, but he failed. His own co-workers commented on his ridiculous, immature behavior. They were embarrassed as they thought it reflected on there [sic] roles as officers. It’s fascinating how Cutler and Waltz discriminate by intimidating and harassing humans that can do very little to defend themselves! Please have the Captain by [sic] me a new pen and rhyme that he stole and ask them both to leave me alone!
Please understand that it is your $60,000 a year per inmate in tax dollars that pays for this oppression. It will continue happening unless the public demands prison reform.
Demand the government spend your tax dollars on influencing the prisoners in a positive manner so they can be rehabilitated when released. This will produce a safer society, redirect tax $ to more important matters such as education, and help the prisoners live a upright productive live that will only produce more tax dollars and less trouble!
This correspondence reflects my constitutional right under the first amendment which states that:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise theof [sic]; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievanes [sic].