White supremacist prison guards work with impunity in Fla.

Thomas Veil

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Sorry, this is too serious and too involved to go under the Florida thread.

This story details Florida prison guards who work openly as white supremacists and beat inmates of color with pretty much no fear of retribution.

In June, three Florida prison guards who boasted of being white supremacists beat, pepper sprayed and used a stun gun on an inmate who screamed “I can’t breathe!” at a prison near the Alabama border, according to a fellow inmate who reported it to the state.

The next day, the officers at Jackson Correctional Institution did it again to another inmate, the report filed with the Florida Department of Corrections’ Office of Inspector General stated.
“If you notice these two incidents were people of color. They (the guards) let it be known they are white supremacist,” the inmate Jamaal Reynolds wrote. “The Black officers and white officers don’t even mingle with each other. Every day they create a hostile environment trying to provoke us so they can have a reason to put their hands on us.”

And if you're an inmate and you document it and report it?

Both incidents occurred in view of surveillance cameras, he said. Reynolds’ neatly printed letter included the exact times and locations and named the officers and inmates. It’s the type of specific information that would have made it easier for officials to determine if the reports were legitimate. But the inspector general’s office did not investigate, corrections spokeswoman Molly Best said. Best did not provide further explanation, and the department hasn’t responded to The Associated Press’ August public records requests for the videos.
Some Florida prison guards openly tout associations with white supremacist groups to intimidate inmates and Black colleagues, a persistent practice that often goes unpunished, according to allegations in public documents and interviews with a dozen inmates and current and former employees in the nation’s third-largest prison system. Corrections officials regularly receive reports about guards’ membership in the Ku Klux Klan and criminal gangs, according to former prison inspectors, and current and former officers.

The story goes on to tell about a white supremacist meeting held openly in the prison. When a black prison guard came across it and reported it, well...it was ignored.

Look what happens to corrections officers who report this kind of stuff:

Mark Caruso, a former sergeant with Florida corrections who was twice fired and reinstated after blowing the whistle on fellow officers, described the department as a “good old boy” network.

He said that senior officers-in-charge have the power to censor any allegations of corrupt behavior that occurs on their watch. This keeps reports inside prison walls.
Caruso worked at three prisons in central Florida and reported inmate beatings and officer misconduct multiple times. Being a whistleblower did not work out well for him. He was fired after reporting on a colleague at the first prison where he worked as a sergeant, he said.

He was reinstated after the officers’ union challenged the firing, and he moved to a new prison. There, he again reported an officer’s use of force and was later fired and reinstated after the union challenged it again.
In 2019, he reported for duty at another new post, the Central Florida Reception Center. He was soon greeted with signs on an employee bulletin board where his name had been crossed out and “SNITCH” scrawled instead, according to testimony at a union grievance hearing.

If you read further, you'll see that even contacting the Florida IG did not bring any action. The corruption is so deeply embedded that Florida law limits contact between the IG and inmates, and investigators fear retaliation, up to and including death.

Between this and the antics of Ron DeSantis, it's ironic that conservatives can talk about "shithole" countries, when we have such a shithole state.

And if you really wanna be scared...think of this as a preview of what's to come if modern day conservatism completely overruns the country.

 

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Sorry, this is too serious and too involved to go under the Florida thread.

This story details Florida prison guards who work openly as white supremacists and beat inmates of color with pretty much no fear of retribution.




And if you're an inmate and you document it and report it?




The story goes on to tell about a white supremacist meeting held openly in the prison. When a black prison guard came across it and reported it, well...it was ignored.

Look what happens to corrections officers who report this kind of stuff:





If you read further, you'll see that even contacting the Florida IG did not bring any action. The corruption is so deeply embedded that Florida law limits contact between the IG and inmates, and investigators fear retaliation, up to and including death.

Between this and the antics of Ron DeSantis, it's ironic that conservatives can talk about "shithole" countries, when we have such a shithole state.

And if you really wanna be scared...think of this as a preview of what's to come if modern day conservatism completely overruns the country.

The state that let Zimmerman murder an innocent black kid with no punishment won’t bat an eye when it comes to black people being abused.
 

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I don't know if the Florida prisons, like many, are run by private companies, but if they are, this situation would just scream for a TSA-like firing of everyone and replacement with government corrections officers.

Of course, we're talking about a redder-than-red state, so the chances of that are zero.
 
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