Monday, November 19, 2007

Eric McDavid - Hunger Strike, Day 10

author: Sacramento Prisoner Support via portland indymedia

Eric is still being denied vegan food and proper medical care...
As Eric ends the 10th day of his hunger strike we would like to take
the opportunity to thank everyone that is working to support him, to
update you on his health and clarify where things stand with the jail.

It has come to our attention that the Correctional Health Services
Division has told people that they are attending to Eric's health
properly and that there is nothing else that they can do. Though it
is true that some of the things Eric is demanding must be authorized
by the higher ups (such as Scott Jones), the jail medical staff can
help remedy this situation in four important ways:

1) Give Eric the treatment they have promised. That means bloodwork,
an ECG, and a visit from a cardiologist. This is not our idea of the
treatment he should get, this is the treatment the doctors and nurses
have said that Eric should get, or that they will provide. The
doctors did finally give Eric an x-ray on Friday, but they did NOT
discuss the results of the x-ray with him, or even show it to him.
They also told Eric on Friday that they would be checking his vitals
every day, but this has not happened since that time.

2) Eric needs to be given full access to his medical records and the
results of these tests.

3) Dr. Dutrick (possibly mispelled), the man in charge at medical
services, should recommend that Eric be given vegan food for medical
reasons (it would obviously improve his health). Scott Jones said in
an interview with the Sacramento Bee that they will give prisoners
vegan food with a doctor's order.

4) Dr. Dutrick should make a recommendation to the jail
administration that inmates who refuse to eat non-vegan food should
be given vegan food for medical reasons (clearly eating is healthier
than starving)

These things should be very easy considering only one point involves
the actual delivery of medical care, which seems to be their weak
point. Once these things have actually been done (not just empty
promises made to Eric) then there will be no need to call the
Correctional Health Services Division any more.

When calling the jail administration about vegan food, please request
that they:

1) Provide Eric with vegan food immediately.

2) Change the policy about vegan meals and ensure future access to
anyone that refuses to eat non-vegan food.

3) Scott Jones or Operations Commander Lt. Deputy Douglas needs to
speak with Eric immediately about his requests so they can begin
remedying the situation.

Please be aware when you call the jail that they may tell you Eric is
receiving medical care, or that he is receiving food. Both of these
statements are false. As soon as either of these situations are
remedied we will let you know. They may also tell you to call Eric's
mother, or that she will call you. This is completely absurd, as most
of you don't even know Eric's mother. The jail is merely attempting
to reduce the amount of calls they are receiving. Do not let this
deter you. If the jail wants people to stop calling, the solution is
easy - provide him with quality medical care and ensure vegan food
for him and future vegan prisoners.

Eric is still rapidly losing weight - he has lost approximately 10
pounds in the last 10 days - and his medical condition is quickly
deteriorating. He is still having problems with circulation in his
extremities, his energy levels are quickly decreasing and it is
becoming increasingly difficult for him to perform his normal, day to
day functions.

Please continue calling the jail at the numbers below, and make sure
you have Eric's x-reference number handy in case they ask for it
(x-ref 2972521):

The phone number to the Correctional Health Services Division is:
(916) 875-9782.

You can also email them at:

Jail phone numbers: 916-874-6752 or 916-874-6905

Captain Scott Jones: 916-874-5428 (This is the direct line for the
jail commander and it may only be answered during business hours)

You can also request to speak with Jail Operations Commander Douglas,
as he is allegedly the person who will probably make the final
decision about Eric's food.

We will send out more details as they become available. Thank you all
again for your continued support!

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