On Friday 16 June 2023 one day after arriving on "6" yard (see PRIME PRISON PREY essay 18 June 2023) I was housed in ADA cell G3 B 10.
This housing is appropriate due to ADA conditions: 80 years old, problem with full prosthetic hip w/ three replacements, extensive osteoarthritis, reconstructed right elbow, herniated abdomen, cardiovascular disease with three heart attacks, confined to wheelchair (DPW) and necessity of numerous medical accommodations.
At circa 1100 hours guard Ceja came into the cell and advised me to move from my assigned ADA bed to a regular bed across the cell. I advised Ceja I needed the trapeze accommodation due to my disabilities. He stated I didn't have approval for trapeze and he has a prisoner coming in that needs it. I requested to speak with the ADA Sgt.
Sgt. Davis arrived where I explained to him the doctor clearly missed listing trapeze accommodation, but my age and obvious disabilities speak to my need. Davis completely ignored my plea and explanation, stating I had to move to the regular bed and then tell the doctor to correct the record. I again explained I couldn't physically use the regular bed. Davis was as myopic as guard Ceja, stating, "Either you get the doctor to correct the record today or move to the regular bed," handing me a 7362 med. request form, further stating, "If you refuse to move, you'll receive a 115*."
At circa 12:30 PM arriving at medical I was advised to report to Program Office where I met Sgt. Davis again. He walked ahead of me to medical, advising me to wait. He entered the nurse's office. After a period of discussion, he and the nurse came out and went into the doctor's office where a considerable amount of time was spent. While waiting for Davis to finish his discussions, I was joined by ADA Prisoner Liaison David Viens who remained with me through the close of all discussions.
Upon Davis's return, he stated that they couldn't do anything for me, and I should drop the 7362 in the box, move to the regular bed, and maybe the doctor will update my record. He continued to threaten me with a 115 if I didn't move to the regular bed. I again explained that he could hold a gun to my head and threaten me with death, but I still physically cannot use the regular bed. He was giving me an order and punishment for not doing something I can't do. The discussion was closed with Davis saying, "You will receive a 115 if you don't receive a doctor's order for a trapeze on Monday (19 June)."
On Monday 1100 hours 19 June 2023, I was called to the unit nurse's office where she answered my 7362. I explained to her the course of events and the need for a trapeze order. She agreed that I needed a trapeze and will refer me to the doctor for the order. She also said she would talk to custody about the referral and necessity.
On Friday 23 June 2023, I was summoned to medical where the doctor issued and ordered for trapeze. Also on 23 June 2023, I was advised by my M/H clinician that a 115 had been issued against me.
I was bullied, threatened, and put through extreme anxiety for not doing something I physically cannot do. Then given a 115, even with the nurse and the doctor verifying my ADA needs. Had I succumbed to the intimidation and tried to appease the guards, there would have been a good possibility that I could have seriously injured myself.
Sgt. Davis was asked why I was not privy to the lengthy discussions he had with the nurse and the doctor since I am the patient. He replied they were too busy. It should be noted I was with the doctor half of the time for him to correct my medical record for the trapeze.
*Prison discipline and for lifers automatic parole denial.
24 June 2023
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