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Refusal to Answer FOIA & Investigate Murder

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In mid-July 2003, Larry Neal was secretly arrested in Memphis Shelby County Jail. For the next 18 days, his family and social worker looked for the mentally ill heart patient as a missing person. Police did not help in the search, but denied having him incarcerated. They apparently lied to kill him by deprivation of his vital heart meds, unless more was done to kill him. His family does not know, because despite asking for over six years, neither Shelby County Jail nor the U.S. Department of Justice will explain why the 54-year-old lifelong paranoid schizophrenic was held under secret incarceration until death (having his records from previous arrests and fingerprints, social worker's contact information, family's contact information, and fingerprints on file.)

The USDOJ was already in overview of the jail since it was sued by the USA in 2000 for violating inmates civil rights in the facility that was dubbed in newspaper reports as "the jail from hell." Neither the jail nor the USDOJ will release records related to Larry Neal's secret arrest and murder. Furthermore, The Johnnie Cochran Firm was used to defraud Larry's family and make us believe that a wrongful death action was being pursued. The firm was actually working for the jail and possibly the DOJ behind the survivors' backs, and did nothing to bring lawsuit against the jail - not even asking how and why Larry was murdered - although the firm sent Larry's mom and sister lying letters about work that was NOT being done for 10.5 months of the 12-month statute of limitations that Tennessee has. It was deliberate fraud by the Memphis office of The Cochran Firm, which had a managing partner who was also a Shelby County Commissioner - and the County Commission owns and operates Shelby County Jail. He essentially took a case to sue himself in his other official capacity. The DOJ said repeatedly that Shelby County Jail did not make a fatality report about Larry's death as it was under a binding agreement to do because of its lawsuit by the USA. With The Cochran Firm as Larry's wrongful death attorneys, they believed no report would be necessary.

The DOJ decided to help with the cover-up instead of investigating Larry's murder like Michael Vick's dogs' abuse and deaths were investigated. (Former atty. general Gonzales was indicted for ignoring jail abuse for kickbacks in 2008). Parties were allowed to file false reports to the USA that omitted Larry's arrest and death. The DOJ refuses to this day to respond to Larry's family's Freedom of Information Act and answer questions about Larry's murder. That is the state of justice in America now. Dogs deserve to have their murders examined and prosecuted; but disabled citizens do not. Parties now stalk me online and in person and censor my online posts about THE WRONGFUL DEATH OF LARRY NEAL (Google that). L

ike the DOJ ignores Larry's death, the agency also ignores my complaints about illegal stalking to prevent my asking for justice for Larry Neal and 1.25 million other mentally ill people who are wrongly jailed rather than hospitalized for their disabilities. Now they censor me to prevent my advocacy to decriminalize mental illness by promoting H.R.619 - a congressional bill to resume Medicaid coverage for mental hospitalization, which would deliver sick people from prison by giving police treatment facilities to take them to in health crisis. But prison owners and investors do not want the mentally ill treated. They would get better and some might be cured and never again be a vagrant or do worse crime. They want them revolving in and out of jails and prisons, because that is how they are paid.

The DOJ does nothing about my censorship for promoting a congressional bill, which is my right. Our constitutional rights are ignored and we are treated worse than DOGS. See my poem online "DOG JUSTICE." More details are at my Google profile - http://google.com/profiles/MaryLovesJustice That is the state of "equal justice" in America. We are not deemed to be equal to pit bulls. The DOJ wrote us in response to the FOIA request for the government to PLEASE tell us how Larry was murdered so that his 88 year-old mother will finally stop having nightmares about the different ways they may have killed him. Parents want to know. But they say, "NO! Pit bulls get justice, but not you, black family of taxpayers and vets. No."

Mary Neal

Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill

U.S. Department of JusticeU.S. Department of Justice

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