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    Moon's Avatar

    Defend "Rashid" Johnson


    *Speaking up against brutalizing a mentally ill prisoner*

    On May 21, 2018, Kevin Johnson was retaliated against for speaking up on
    behalf of a mentally ill prisoner named Murphy who was being brutalized
    by corrections officers at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution
    (SRCI). As Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) officers were
    gassing and assaulting Mr. Murphy for making too much noise, Mr. Johnson
    raised his voice from inside his solitary confinement cell (in order to
    be heard on the video and audio recorders on the cell block) and said
    that prison guards had been abusing Murphy by failing to provide him
    with needed mental health care, by withholding meals, and by responding
    to his mental illness with violence by gassing him nine times and
    brutally extracting him from his cell.

    *Retaliation for speech*

    For this act, Lt. Marcus Stokes told Johnson that he was going to be put
    on “strip cell,” a punishment where everything in a prisoner’s cell is
    removed, including toiletries and bedding, and he is left in solitary
    confinement with nothing but his underwear. Stokes and three other
    officers then gassed Mr. Johnson six times. After having been put in
    handcuffs and taken to the showers to clean off the residue from the gas
    attack, Mr. Johnson was brutally thrown down to the floor, while Lt.
    Stokes repeatedly threatened to kill him and stated that he was “a
    marked man.”

    *Unconstitutional pretext for punishment*

    As a pretext, Lt. Stokes wrote in his disciplinary report that Mr.
    Johnson was punished because his property was “not properly stored” and
    his “bedding was on the floor.” The practice of FDOC officers gassing
    and then putting prisoners on “strip cell” for minor disciplinary
    infractions, as a form of retaliation, or for no reason at all has been
    well documented by news media and courts. According to one Miami Herald
    report, previous instances of this kind of abuse caused FDOC to change
    its policies so that prison guards may no longer gas prisoners and put
    them on “strip cell” for improperly storing their property or not making
    their beds. [1]

    *Interference with access to legal counsel and courts*

    On May 24th, Mr. Johnson’s time on “strip cell” was to have ended;
    however, FDOC officials returned only one bag of his property, when
    there should have been six bags of property. Missing property included
    legal documents necessary to pursue litigation against FDOC officials
    for numerous violations of his constitutional rights. By withholding
    this property, FDOC officials were successful in denying Mr. Johnson the
    ability to exchange legal documents with his attorney Melinda Patterson
    during a legal visit on May 24th, thereby interfering with his right to
    legal counsel and his right to access the courts.

    *Reading and tampering with legally privileged mail*

    A letter clearly identified as legal mail sent by attorney Melinda
    Patterson to Mr. Johnson on January 22nd, while he was at Florida State
    Prison, was received already opened and resealed with a pink glue stick.
    On April 1st, legal mail sent by Mr. Johnson while at SRCI to attorney
    Dustin McDaniel was opened, read by FDOC guards, and then resealed with
    tape prior to delivering to the mailroom staff. Another letter sent by
    Mr. Johnson on April 1st via privileged media mail to his editor Carole
    Seligman was opened, read, and resealed by guards prior to delivering to
    the mailroom staff. These letters were delayed and received 2 weeks
    after the date they were submitted for mailing. Mailroom staff admitted
    that these letters were tamperedwith, when responding to Mr. Johnson’s
    grievances #119-1804-0722 and #119-1804-0723.

    Destroying legally privileged mail

    Legal mail sent by Mr. Johnson to attorney Dustin McDaniel on April 17th
    was never received, is now missing, and was presumably destroyed by FDOC
    officials. Letters sent by Mr. Johnson to his editor Carole Seligman on
    April 5th, 16th, 17th, and 25th were never delivered and were presumably
    destroyed by FDOC staff. Included in these mailings were three essays
    for publication detailing abuses inside the FDOC.
    - Return all confiscated property to Kevin Johnson #158039
    - Stop the interference with Mr. Johnson’s legal and news media
    - Stop retaliation against Mr. Johnson for exercising his First
    Amendment rights
    - Stop the repeated, cruel, arbitrary, and excessive punishment of Mr.
    - Immediately transfer Mr. Johnson from Florida DOC to Virginia DOC


    Walker Clemmons
    Warden - Santa Rosa Correctional Institution
    (850) 981-5199

    Kenneth S. Steely
    General Counsel – Florida Department of Corrections
    (850) 717-3605

    Patrick Finan
    Security Operations – Interstate Corrections Compact Unit
    (850) 717-3222

    Lester Fernandez
    Inspector General – Florida Department of Corrections
    (850) 488-9265

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    Re: Defend "Rashid" Johnson

    So where exactly did you get all this info from?
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