To change the culture and to reset the mindset of others to be more fair and civil takes stamina. To fight the system and stand your ground on your own morality and your own values given to you through your life’s experience and mentors takes perseverance. When you apply your own social conscience to the office you have sworn under oath to uphold, perform and serve and protect our citizens with the proper application of the laws of your state takes character. To break away from a corrupted culture or way of business that is both inappropriate and questionable to say the least, takes courage.
Protecting prisoners with a mental illness is a priority in Maricopa County detention centers. When the county faces frequent lawsuits, whether civil or criminal or even those that are federal, you know there must be a reason why these things are being brought to the surface. It is not my place to make accusations but on the other hand, somebody needs to pay attention to the trend in Maricopa County regarding civil rights litigations. Nobody wants mentally disabled pre-trial abused while they are in the custody of the county and under the supervision of those detention officers working for the jail. These types of incidents are increasing when confined by the Maricopa Sheriff’s office. There is no reason for such an acts of cowardice. Under your own state statute, ARS 13-3623 mentally ill people have the protection and are “vulnerable adults” (which treats assaulting the seriously mentally ill, developmentally disabled, etc. the same as child or elder abuse).
The message is clear, stop the madness and do your job as your swore to uphold. People voted for you in the last election because they trusted you and were willing to take a chance you were an honest person. Be vigilant of these accusations and don’t let them slide by with ignorance or as a cultural barrier that protects those who violate the laws you are charged to uphold. Show your constituents that you “will prosecute” those offenders. Send them a message you will not tolerate their reckless and shocking conduct in violation of their own ethical codes and their own moral standards. Stop them from victimizing others especially those with a mental illness who rely on them [officers, staff, officials] to survive, to function and to follow the rules that may be very difficult to understand for some with a disorder or learning disability. I encourage the media, newspapers and television stations to follow these types of incidents vigorously and persistently to show they are the voice of the community and care about mentally ill people. This is not about Joe Arpaio and his [political] fight with others; this is about enforcing state laws that protect the mentally ill who cannot protect themselves.
2005 Arizona Code – Revised Statutes Â§13-3623 – Child or vulnerable adult abuse; emotional abuse; classification; exceptions; A. Under circumstances likely to produce death or serious physical injury, any person who causes a child or vulnerable adult to suffer physical injury or, having the care or custody of a child or vulnerable adult, who causes or permits the person or health of the child or vulnerable adult to be injured or who causes or permits a child or vulnerable. “Vulnerable adult” means an individual who is eighteen years of age or older and who is unable to protect himself from abuse, neglect or exploitation by others because of a mental or physical impairment