Filed under: Anarchist Movement, Announcement, Political Prisoners, Repression, Solidarity
Following a historic win against trumped up charges, Eric King is now being moved to a maximum security prison with less than two years on his sentence. Eric King and his support crew is now calling on supporters for a mass call-in campaign.
Eric King has been moved and held at Grady County Jail in Oklahoma. He has been told he will be sent to USP Lee, a maximum security prison where he has already been threatened by white supremacists.
Eric was found not guilty at trial but within a week, was put on the road and is being sent to a notorious and dangerous prison. We need your help to call attention to this situation and to shine light on the Bureau of Prisons so history does not repeat itself and Eric is put in harm’s way by the BOP (Eric was marched into the chow hall to fight a nazi enforcer at USP McCreary by BOP staff). Hear Eric talk about what he needs here.
We have to do everything we can to protect Eric and call attention to the hazardous situation they are putting him in by sending him to USP Lee.
Within days of winning a federal court case in Colorado against his treatment at the hands of the Federal Bureau of Prisons staff, Eric is in the process of being transferred to USP Lee, a high security prison across the country in Virginia. Eric, who should be placed at a medium security facility, reasonably fears that this move is punitive and that at USP Lee he will lose access to reading materials and, more importantly, his ability to communicate with his loved ones.
Elements in the BOP have already shown their petty and desire for vengeance against Eric through multiple instances of him being moved across the country, pitted against racist prisoners, beaten by guards and suffering years of mail, phone, visitation and book bans. During the trial, Eric’s safety and health were disrupted and property for his case destroyed by BOP staff so blatantly that Judge Martinez noted that it would be far reaching to say the disruptiveness wasn’t intentional on the part of the BOP. The judge also noted that the BOP was setting itself up for a civil suit, which is currently underway by the CLDC.
In the meantime, Eric needs our help. As Eric isn’t set for release until December of 2023; we need to keep the light on him to avoid EK being isolated and further harmed. Below you’ll find a script and contact information for public officials in the Federal system who must be pressed to check in Eic’s well being and demand to know:
- Why is Eric King, who is at a medium level according to the BOP, being moved to a high security facility across the country?
- Why is this move coming so quickly after Eric successfully won a lawsuit showing that the BOP was closing ranks to set Eric up for 20 years of additional prison as he approaches his out time?
- What will you, as a public official, do to challenge the impunity of the federal prisons to persecute prisoners and violate their human rights?
Contact info for who to email/call and draft templates are here. Call in starts at 8am EST Monday morning.
Who To Call
Senator Tim Kaine
PHONE: (202) 224-4024
Senator Mark. R Warner
Mid-Atlantic BOP Regional Office
302 Sentinel Drive, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
Email: [email protected]
Designation & Sentence Computation Center
Email: GRA-DSC/[email protected]
BOP National Office
Email: [email protected]
Hello Senator _____,
I am writing about my friend who is a prisoner in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. His name is Eric King, inmate number 27090-045. He was recently found not guilty on all counts at a trial in the U.S. District of Colorado. Eric was moved from FCI Englewood and is currently being held in a private facility, Grady County Jail in Oklahoma. He has been told he is en route to USP Lee, a maximum security prison in Virginia.
I am writing because I believe Eric should not be sent to USP Lee, and would be in danger if he were sent there. He is scheduled to be released from prison in December 2023, and wants to avoid anything that would infringe on this release date.
There is an active threat against his life. A few years ago, before being sent to Colorado, Eric was held in the Segregation Unit at USP Lee for approximately two weeks. Before that, at USP Atlanta, a white supremacist gang member told him he would be killed at USP Lee if he was released into general population. This was documented at USP Lee.
It is imperative that Eric not be put in harm’s way. I am asking that you not send him into a situation that is so dangerous. The Bureau of Prisons knows this and there is established case law regarding the BOP sending someone into dangerous and life threatening scenarios. See Fitzharris v. Wolf, 702 F.2d 836, 839 (9th Cir. 1983); Gullatte v. Potts, 654 F.2d 1007, 1012-13 (5th Cir. 1981); Roba v. U.S., 604 F.2d 215, 218-19 (2d Cir. 1979).
Additionally, Eric is in this situation because of a bogus maximum management variable on his security profile. This has him erroneously being sent to a facility beyond his actual security level. He has no pending charges and no incident reports. He intends to be released to Colorado to live with his wife and his two children in just over a year. I ask that this management variable be removed so that he can be sent to a medium- or low-custody prison close to home and begin preparing for release.
I am afraid for my friend Eric’s life if he is sent to USP Lee and I am asking that you intervene with the Bureau of Prisons and ask them not to send Eric King into harm’s way by sending him to USP Lee.
His lawyer is Lauren Regan and can be reached at 541-687-9180 or [email protected]. Please help my friend.