Neal’s Care2 Page
Announcing Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (“AIMI”)
Enforced Treatment vs. Prison
Enforced Treatment vs. Prison for Acute Mental Patients
I contemplated the plight of sick citizens yesterday as I prepared my morning coffee and sat down to read the newspaper. The headline that greeted me in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution proclaimed that mental patients in Georgia’s beleaguered mental health system are in “immediate jeopardy” of physical harm caused by shortage of staff and overcrowded conditions.
GEORGIA MENTAL PATIENTS IN "JEAPORDY"
Report puts more pressure on Georgia Regional Hospital/Atlanta
See also: Hidden Shame: Death in Georgia’s Mental Hospitals
Tasers Used to Tame BestBuy Shopper
Justice Quest for America’s Mentally Ill Prisoners
Closure regarding the untimely deaths of loved ones is important to family members left behind. Larry's family expected to have answers regarding his demise years ago, and certainly by this time. We yet hope to learn what happened to Larry during discovery in our federal lawsuit presently pending against The Cochran Firm for its fraud. (Neals v. The Cochran Firm, et al., USDC Northern Dist. of GA, Civil Action No. 1:07-cv-1935, (2007)) Perhaps this time justice will not be withheld because Larry was indigent, black, and handicapped.
Five years have been a long wait for our justice system to finally acknowledge that even disabled people like Larry deserve to have their civil rights protected and even poor families like Larry’s elderly mother and sister deserve closure. How many white or wealthy families have ever needed to solicit signatures on a petition to plead for an investigation following the mysterious death of a loved one, especially when the deceased died in government custody?
Dog Justice for the Mentally Ill Petition I
Dog Justice for the Mentally Ill Petition II
Despite the Memphis/Shelby County code of secrecy, Duane Johnson's police brutality video surfaced and was widely viewed in June 2008. Courageous Memphis bloggers like Thaddeus Matthews continue to tell about activities in the MPD that powerful forces in local government would prefer to keep secret. Larry Neal's family is hopeful that someone will eventually come forward with information about the secret arrest and death of this disabled American while in government custody, since no government agency or official we have contacted in five years has been willing to give us that information. Apparently, sunshine laws are not in effect in Memphis, Tennessee.