posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 12:32 PM
Just found this and after doing a search, decided to make my first posting, besides my introductory post. Please bear with me- thank you!! If I posted
in the wrong place, please move my thread and I thank you all for reading my first post.
A New Mexico man who said he was forced to pull his own tooth while in solitary confinement because he was denied access to a dentist has been
awarded $22 million due to inhumane treatment by New Mexico's Dona Ana County Jail.
Stephen Slevin was arrested in August of 2005 for driving while intoxicated, then thrown in jail for two years, reported NBC station KOB.com
Tuesday night. He was in solitary at Dona Ana County Jail for his entire sentence and basically forgotten about and never given a trial, he told
Please go to the link I provided to get the "rest of the story", including his video. While I don't like drunk drivers, and believe they are a general
menace to society, this man was completely deprived of his rights, and this I feel could happen to any one of us, at any time. This kind of behavior
should be held accountable not to us, who will have to pay that 22 million dollar settlement this gentleman got, but to the folks who decided this man
didn't deserve a trial, or even basic care while holding him hostage for 2 years.
I think that each and every person involved in the illegal holding of this man should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of our exisiting laws. Being
law enforcement, they knew what they were doing and should be held responsible. They of all people knew what they were doing was wrong, and I believe
they had many chances to correct the problem, and just voluntarily chose to let this poor guy sit and rot.
I can see both sides of this issue. Drunk drivers kill people every day. So do many things in life unfortunately. That doesn't mean our local police
force can now be our judge, jury and executioner, so to speak. This is just wrong on so many levels!!
Thanks all for being patient while I work through the process of making my first post. Let me know what you all think of this issue and what should be
done. Thanks !!
edit on 1/25/2012 by SweetKarma because: spelling oops