(The nine links herein do not open in a new window. Please use your back arrow to return.) Mental illness often leads to crisis situations that require police intervention. That is one reason why members of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill are concerned about police departments having officers with high integrity and morale. This can only happen when they are fairly paid. Police need fair pay to avoid fatigue caused by working two jobs and economic stress that could impact their ability to properly assess situations and handle them appropriately. Please support this petition for DeKalb County, Georgia police officers to have their full pay reinstated. They face seven furlough days and having to work on holidays without holiday pay. Human rights advocates like AIMI members are not anti-police; we are anti-police brutality.
Please use the link below to access the petition. Sign and share with others. Thanks in advance for your support for men and women on the force to have adequate wages!
PETITION FOR FAIR PAY FOR DEKALB COUNTY, GEORGIA POLICE OFFICERS
Interestingly, while DeKalb County police officers' pay was cut, some county commissioners raised salaries for their staff. Furthermore, former DeKalb County Chief Communications Officer Shelia Edwards was given $46,000 severance pay after she voluntarily quit her job that paid nearly $150,000 per year. Severance packages should be reserved for people who were laid off or forced to accept early retirement, not people who decide to quit their jobs - especially while the county's police officers' wages are cut. See the article at the link below:
What is happening in DeKalb County to police officers mirrors problems across the country for middle-class and poor people. Many of America's decision makers are millionaires or people who aspire to be wealthy and have little empathy for working class citizens, including people in important service positions like police officers, firefighters, and public school teachers.
How much concern do Georgia officials show to middle class and poor people, including hundreds of thousands of displaced workers? The Georgia Fresh Start Program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The program is designed to assist low income families with specific critical needs: their utility bills and overdue rent or mortgage payments. As much as $7.6 million of monies appropriated under that program may be refunded to the federal government, not because Georgians don't desperately need assistance, but because the money was not distributed. Meanwhile, nearly 2,000 Georgians are on the waiting list for help and tens of thousands of others who qualify for assistance do not know about the program. Read about the injustice at this link:
State Has Just Weeks to Use or Lose $7.6 Million
While the poor and working class scramble to make ends meet, the money continues to pour in for the wealthy. Economic crises make police officers' work more dangerous, because desperate people sometimes do desperate things. But the increasing crime rate is good for prison investors. The prison industrial complex costs taxpayers around $50 billion per year, and prison owners and investors also earn untold billions more per annum from prison work projects. America's jobs are steadily disappearing across seas or behind prison walls while the men and women who risk their lives to fight crime and apprehend perceived lawbreakers have their salaries reduced.
Classism has eclisped racism as being America's worst discrimination problem. DeKalb County police officers' salary reduction is indicative of that problem. Another example is The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm's fraud against the Kathryn Johnston's survivors to benefit the City of Atlanta. On November 21, 2007, The Cochran Firm published lies in the media and later filed fraudulent documents in United States District Court falsely claiming to have filed an $18 million lawsuit on behalf of Sarah Dozier regarding her aunt, 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston, who was killed in 2006 by former Atlanta police officers in the nation's worst no-knock warrant case. The truth is that no lawsuit was really filed for the Johnston family. The Cochran Firm withheld lawsuit and worked for the City of Atlanta behind its clients' backs to force them to accept a much smaller than necessary award for the elder's murder. Any jury convened in Atlanta would have awarded the family the entire $18 million that was reported to be The Cochran Firm's demand. After Kathryn Johnston's family accepted a small settlement on August 17, 2010 of less than one-third that amount (that must be divided with The Cochran Firm as their lawyers), I checked with Georgia Superior Court and Georgia State Court. No law suit was filed in either court for Dozier vs. City of Atlanta, but fake documents in United States District Court claim the lawsuit was moved from the lower court (Georgia Superior Court) to federal court. This is another conspiracy to deny justice to a black family after murder by police. See the article at this link:
Cochran Firm Defrauds Kathryn Johnston's Survivors
The media censors news about THE COCHRAN FIRM FRAUD and many other subjects that Americans need to know, and civil rights organizations and the U.S. Government either do not care about the fraud against minority citizens, or they facilitate it. I wrote to Sarah Dozier to warn her about her family being defrauded in my blog. Please share the link so that eventually, she may recognize the need to sue The Cochran Firm for its malpratice and fraud against Kathryn Johnston's estate. Of course, when my family sued The Cochran Firm and served suit in Georgia Superior Court, Judge Wendy Shoob dismissed our lawsuit in 2006 (six months before Kathryn Johnston's murder) and said our suit was served wrong because there is no Cochran Firm in Georgia. Ironically, The Cochran Firm filed fraudulent documents regarding Dozier vs. City of Atlanta in United States District Court with Judge Marvin Shoob presiding. My letter for Sarah Dozier is at the link below:
To Sarah Dozier: FRAUD Against Kathryn Johnston Estate
When officials collude against working class and poor Americans, the media helps by withholding news reports that would serve to warn people about the deception. Thank God for Internet news sites and networks like Care2 where the truth can reach people to a limited degree and DeKalb County police officers and others can get support for their justice quest for fair wages.
There are police officers who do not deserve public trust, like former Atlanta police officers who murdered Kathryn Johnston and tried to cover the elder's murder by falsely accusing her of drug trafficking. Some officers are corrupt like the Memphis Shelby County police who murdered my mentally, physically disabled brother, Larry Neal, after 18 days of secret arrest in 2003 ( see http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/ ). But most police officers are dedicated professionals who are as displeased as other citizens by the wrong direction America is taking. Virtually 100% of the police officers I spoke with agree that acute mental patients should not be jailed, but hospitalized. However, when police are called to the scene of public disturbances or crimes involving mentally ill Americans, they ordinarily have no choice but to arrest sick people because mental hospitals across the country continue to be closed or reduce services. Medicaid was deleted for psychiatric inpatients during the 1970's, and only the wealthy can afford private mental hospitals or drug rehabilitation therapy. Consequently, mentally ill Americans from poor and middle class families comprise over half of the nation's 2.3 million inmates, and they are 60% of the inmates warehoused in cruel solitary confinement, frequently without any psychiatric or medical care. Inpatient treatment for mental patients was omitted from the national health care plan that Congress passed in February, but there is still hope to end discrimination against people with mental health problems. There is a federal bill pending to resume Medicaid for inpatient treatment for mentally ill Americans. H.R.619 was introduced in Congress by Rep. Eddie Johnson (D-TX) in January 2009, but it has received zero media coverage. That is likely because private prison investors do not wish for Americans to know we have an opportunity to decriminalize mental illness by making inpatient mental health care accessible to middle class and poor people by passing H.R.619. It would hurt prison profits to stop treating sick people like criminals. Ask yourself why the media refuses to report the opportunity H.R.619 presents to decriminalize mental illness although the condition affects 1 in 5 Americans and millions of people who have mentally challenged loved ones. Please read about and vote for the important, censored bill at OpenCongress.org at the following link: H.R.619 - Federal Bill to Resume Medicaid for Inpatient Psychiatric Care
As I recently watched the Chief of DeKalb County Police Department speak to DeKalb County Commissioners on television about the importance of restoring full pay to officers, I became concerned for him. In my experience, people who request justice for working class Americans are censored, persecuted, and stalked. See the article at the link below about my most frightening stalking episode:
Mary Neal Finally Heard from Police re 911 Emergency Call
Police officers are also considered to be insignificant working class people by some decision makers. Yet, public safety depends on having police officers who are ready, willing and able to protect and serve our communities and who are too satisfied with their jobs to violate the rules of conduct themselves. High morale and strong integrity among police officers can only happen where officers feel valued. Thanks for your support for the Petition for Fair Pay for DeKalb County Police Officers. Please share the link with others who care about promoting liberty and justice for all.
It is time for people to do as Dr. King advised: Come together as brethren, or perish together as fools.
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Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
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