Filed under: Editorials, Health Care, Incarceration, Political Prisoners, US
The following comes from anarchist prisoner Eric King and details sexual assault and malpractice from a nurse in the facility where he is imprisoned.
Eric King support crew:
We would like to say this situation is representative of a bigger problem within the BOP. There was recent information that has emerged that shows that the way the BOP is handling the hiring freeze is to have nurses double as cops. To quote Nurse Hendricks “I am a guard first and a nurse second,” and THAT is the problem. In the medical field folks are asked to do no harm. Meanwhile they are asked to partake in the psychological torture that prison guards carry out and here is the kicker on the same people they are tasked to keep alive and healthy. One can not be in charge of the health of a person while at the same time the other aspect of their job is to dehumanize them.
From Eric King:
Since I have been at FCI Florence I have seen some real cruelty and vileness at a level I didn’t think was possible, ugliness that would make your skin crawl. No, it wasn’t from the gangs or the drug dealers, it was from certain members of the Medical Team. Specifically R.N. Hendricks. Fuck R.N. Hendricks.
Imagine walking out of breakfast at 6:30 AM into the freezing cold mountain air. Once your feet step right outside you see someone wearing scrubs and a smile, and you assume this is a helpful caring person. You are sadly mistaken. Within seconds that person is in your face literally screaming ”SPREAD EM!,” referring to your legs. This person will then proceed to ”pat” you down so aggressively you would be forgiven for mistaking this pat down for an assault. That assault quickly becomes a Sexual Assault when she forcibly grabs your penis and balls, forces her hand between your ass cheeks, laughing horrifically, muttering to herself ”no one is getting past me today!” This is what life is like for many men at FCI Florence.
You may be asking yourself why she is taking this so fucking personal, that is because she sees herself as a ”cop first, nurse second, so don’t try to fuck with me!,” to which one inmate replied ”that explains the quality of your health care.” When an inmate tells her to keep her fucking hands off of his dick, her response is to quip: ”Well you shouldn’t have come to prison!,” before writing up that inmate for having the audacity to not want to be sexually assaulted. Is she looking for knives or escape tools you may ask? Is she doing it to protect herself and her co-workers? Nope, she is looking for extra milks that people may smuggle back to supplement their protein intake. I assure you that no one has ever hid a milk carton in their ass cheeks. Most prisoners held captive here at the FCI have had to deal with this sadistic handsy creep on this level, but some have to deal with her on a much more serious level, and at that more serious medical level Hendricks gets to really express her ugliness and hatred toward inmates.
There amount of horrors that she is accountable for is staggering and hard to put into paragraph form. Inmates with long histories of seizures have regularly had their dosages reduced by her-without doctors permission or knowledge – leading to ugly, violent seizures. If you make the mistake of having a seizure on the 2nd tier, you can expect to be carried down the steps not on a gurney, but by 4 members of staff, dragging you like a sack of potatoes.
Inmates with cancer have REGULARLY been denied doctor follow ups (despite the doctors request), denied medicine prescribed by the doctor, and had information continually withheld by R.N. Hendricks. There are countless grievances against her for ignoring actual doctors’ orders, losing medical inhalers, misplacing medicine, and changing dosages. I know this because I help type many of these grievances, and every time my heart aches for my comrades who have to go through this.
Imagine your brother, father or grandfather has had a doctor order testing for cancer, only to have R.N. Hendricks cancel the testing. Imagine them needing medicine for some disorder, only to have Hendricks change the medicine completely or deny it all together. This ruins lives. Recently she had the goons run into the room of an elderly inmate with colon cancer whom the doctor had ordered to have a walker. Was she racing in to help him? Fuck no; she was taking the walker back, despite the inmate having the approval forms on hand. This is real. This is serious. We have no other medical recourse. How does R.N. Hendricks justify this? ”Shouldn’t have came to prison.”
Recently an inmate filed a lawsuit against her after he went to the sick-call window complaining of pain and swelling in his testicles and she refused him service. He went back every day and each time she denied him help until it got so swollen they had to remove the damn thing. This isn’t shocking to the people inside, we see it happen all the fucking time.
Hendricks is a soulless maggot, but she could not do this without approval or permission from above. She, like every member of this fascist brigade, answers to higher ups. She cannot act alone. She is permitted to do this by the Bureaucrats who do not remove her from her post. By their refusal to act, they are not only allowing it to continue, but condoning the behavior, and why wouldn’t they? This is systematic abuse at its finest and this is what the BOP is masters of. The prison shields, protects, tolerates and accepts her behavior and the literal blood is also on their hands. R.N. Hendricks is an agent of a system that brutalizes other human beings, and as long as this system exists it will continue to act accordingly.
Fuck R.N. Hendricks. Until all are free.
So to update on that I feel it’s important that people know that I was called into the Lt’s office by Lt. Estrada and asked whether I had been sexually assaulted or not. If I said yes I would be placed in Protective Custody and the police would be called and an investigation
would develop which would lead to me being shipped. I am not an idiot. If I said yes and then refused to follow up that is another shot and I would get disciplined for that. I was told to sign a piece of paper saying I was never sexually assaulted by Hendricks. It is important to
note that I never said I was, and only pointed out her very aggressive and questionable behavior. I signed that paper and went to visit with you.