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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Kane County Sheriff and Judicial System Violate Human Rights of Man During Overnight "Mistake"



Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez and Kane County Judge Timothy Sheldon say "sorry" and they will try to avoid it from happening again.

According to the Chicago Tribune, On December 29th, Judge Sheldon sentenced 32 year old Husan Smith to four days in jail for violating conditions of his probation by failing a drug test.

Smith was taken to a conference room near the courthouse at approximately 2:40pm and left shackled, including his arms secured behind his back.

He was left there for 18 hours until the next morning when he made enough noise for court security to realize he was in the room.

Kane County officials admit they failed to realize they had left him in the room, with no food, blanket, water, bathroom or freedom of movement within the room, which included only a aluminum conference table.

The detainee says it was the worst night of his life.  After about 14 hours, he tried to figure out a way to activate the sprinkler/fire system, but could not do so since he was shackled.

Regardless of the reason Mr. Smith was being detained, it's clear this mistake was a violation of anyone's human rights and perhaps civil rights.

However, we hope Mr. Smith will not sue Kane County as he probably could.  Instead of taxpayers paying for this mistake, we believe the better solution is for Judge Sheldon, Sheriff Perez and anyone else responsible to voluntarily experience what it's like to be shackled and detained in a conference room for 18 hours without access to food, water, bathroom, blanket or bed.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

The guy is going to end up getting a huge payday thanks to this blunder.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 5:29pm as well he should. This was inhumane, negligent and stupid to not check. Whoever brought him and left him there should be serverely disciplined.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately people do make mistakes. Forcing tax payers to fork over money to make his feelings not hurt anymore would be ridiculous. I remember a bunch of miners stuck in a whole for a month plus. They all seem to be doing ok. Sorry, this was 18 hours. Suck it up and don't violate your probation again.

Anonymous said...

He was probably homeless anyways. They did him a favor.

Anonymous said...

This blog kills me, every article consists of onesided bitching and ends with calling for someones head. If the writers are so damn smart why are they not helping in the community and fixing things instead of armchair quarterbacking every situation that arises.

Anonymous said...

8:51am

So when are you going to volunteer your services?

Anonymous said...

This guy probably does have some problems. But that doesn't matter to how the sheriffs office treated him. everyone has been to the courthouse. Don't you see about 30 or 50 sheriffs deputees standing around watching,picking thier nose, telling you to take your hat off.... pretty much nothing at all. They don't have multiple tasks assigned to them. someone was given the responsibility to take care of a person who cannot take care of themselves ie handcuffed. If you have ever been handcuffed or in a sheriffs custody, you know the seriousness that they take their job. At least they let you know who is in charge. I hope that sheriff gets fired. Doubt Mr Smith will get a payday out of this. Mr "people do make mistakes", and Mr "they did him a favor", you deserve to be taxpayers who pays him big bucks.

Anonymous said...

9:44, I already do, does the truth hurt?

Anonymous said...

Court Security Officers are NOT sworn deputies or correction officers. They are not tested or certified by the Kane County Sheriff's Merit Commission. They are hired by the County personnel department.

Anonymous said...

Dont do the crime if you cant do the time. No tears for shit head.