‘Our staff will assault you when IT decides to…’

The inmate who was assaulted as described in this post was transferred the same day it was posted. The offending officer is roaming the halls again.

Hey, thank you for continuing to take an interest n the struggles of the inmates in Durham County Jail. I was afraid — would return to Polk C.I. before anyone could get him help. I really hope he’ll pursue a grievance with the NCPLS. You mentioned filing a formal complaint in the sheriff’s office. I’m not sure what you mean. Is there a “form” as you wrote? If so, can you direct me to it? Inside the jail there is a “kiosk” (PC) we use to file grievances (and unlike what one inmate wrote, I.O.A., I think the electronic paper trail is actually better than the old method. It’s so much esier to show they ignore our grievances or reply with stuff that doesn’t even make sense!) and I went to the section Security/Officer Complaint/Excessive Force. Sergeant Brown responded over a week after incident that this wasn’t his area and he forwarded my grievance to the proper personnel. Weird, since the kiosk routed it to him. Anyway, that’s where I’m at. Others seem to have forgotten the incident completely. Officer Coleman was back in the pod 2/19/14 for a night shift and this was the first time he worked the pod since the incident. It’s like a slap in the face to everyone who complained. The jail’s statement to use was received loud and clear: “Our staff will assault you when IT decides to, whether you think it’s fair or not, and look, Coleman’s still here. I dare you to test him.”

I thought volume 4 of feedback went to the heart of a lot of the struggle, recently. As an FYI, this week we returned to a 9 AM access to the dayroom and also started getting real laundry detergent! Our clothing comes back smelling good and the whites stay white! I credit the attention you’re bringing to this small victory!

Take care,

Raven

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