The not-so-greats have proven immune to the virulent strains of compassion, empathy and humanity.
I do not know Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek, and I have never met him. I do not know him personally, and frankly I know little about him professionally. My opinion is that Sheriff Rich Stanek has put his best foot forward and tried to improve the deplorable conditions in the HCADC that I experienced during my 371 days of torture at the hands of sadistic, criminal "Detention Deputies" like Ramon Walton and Sadistic Supervisors like Lt. Brent Sizer (Pictured Below Receiving His Award For Jail Supervisor of the year in 2012)--the very same man who screamed at me calling me a "F***ing Rapist" and many other colorful adjectives after I just got through explaining to him that his subordinates had kicked me in my stomach and ribs very hard while I lay sleeping, assaulted me, beat me and cuffed me for no reason whatsoever except that they enjoyed doing it.
Then "Jail Supervisor of the Year" Lt. Brent Sizer led me on the parade with 10 law enforcement officers/detention deputies for my handcuffed trip to a "Special" Cell, where Sizer ordered me stripped naked, removed all clothing, bedding and pillow from me, and had his staff abuse me horrifically over the next 24 hours or so, using sadistic sleep deprivation techniques on me as an innocent Minnesota citizen, terrified, vulnerable, with no help or safety whatsoever, totally dependent upon Rich Stenek's selection for Jailer of the Year as a "Pre-Trial Detainee" awaiting trial.
Sheriff Stanek, despite your selection of this abusive, sadistic criminal I like the direction you are heading and leading in!
Brent Sizer, center, is flanked by Captain Haans Vitek, left, and Detention Capt. Mike Resh after receiving the 2012 Minnesota Sheriffs Association’s Jail Supervisor of the Year Award at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd.
My own personal experience has shown me that the worst of the worst offenders within our state's "Justice System" are promoted rather than disciplined, civilly sued by their employers for violating people's rights or criminally charged, as at least two dirty cops in my case, Beth Roberts and Gary C. Cayo violated my rights and committed serious felony crimes all under the false pretenses of "Public Safety".
With the exception of ex-"Investigator" Beth Roberts (Richfield Police Department) who appears to have been busted down to a notch above beat cop (Sergeant) nearly every single figure that I have been able to trace thus far in my wrongful aggravated rape conviction has been promoted rather than arrested, jailed & imprisoned. This outrage will be evident for the world to see.
The Hennepin County Jail Agent Beth Roberts', Ex-Minnetonka PD (and sickeningly President of the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police)--RESIGN EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY--then Sergeant Gary C. Cayo led me into due their immoral, illegal actions and criminal behaviors (Obstruction of Justice, Witness Tampering--Serious FELONIES) was an atrocious, violent environment where (just as was/is still at the MSOP) the threat is from staff as opposed to from other inmates like it was in the MN DOC. In the MN DOC, by and large staff DO NOT assault you.
If only the same could be said for the HCADC and the MSOP. It was so bad in the HCADC that I felt I had to sue to attempt to improve the conditions of confinement for all others following me. I had a Social Obligation to do that to try to help others.
Despite the HCAO bringing their sham Civil Commitment case against me during the Jail Case to distract my focus (and my attorney's focus) and eviscerate any compensation/damages, I ultimately prevailed in my jail lawsuit and Hennepin County paid me for the abusive and sadistic "Care and Treatment" administered.
What I do know is real and true leadership when I see it. I have lots of experience with people in leadership positions who not only fail(ed) to lead, but were criminals themselves putting me deeper and deeper into state lockups despite the fact that I was not a criminal.
Jill Clark is a leader.
Joy Friedman of Breaking Away is a leader.
Justice Helen Meyer is a leader.
MN DOC Commissioner Tom Roy is a leader.
SPPD Thomas Smith is a leader
Al Harrington is a leader
Senator Tony Lourey is a leader.
Senator Amy Klobuchar is a leader.
Senator Al Franken is a leader.
Representative Cindy Pugh is a leader.
I know what true leadership is.
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek is a true leader.
Sheriff Rich Stanek is saving lives everyday.
You don't get more leadership than that.
Rich Stanek is leading in Mental Health,
which I am an expert in, not from my choice
to enter the Mental Health Field, but from
my 10 years of forced living in all of our State's Garbage Dumps for Mental Illness: the jails, the prisons, and then St. Peter.
What a long, strange trip it's been, and I for one am grateful to Sheriff Stanek, who is positively impacting all of us and making Hennepin County (and the whole state) MUCH SAFER by his courageous willingness to LEAD in this crucial taboo subject.
Thank you for your Protection and Service, Sheriff
Please check out my recent blog posts regarding the Mental Health/Domestic Violence Crisis in our State:
Mental illness gets too much room to grow
- Article by: RICH STANEK
- Updated: January 13, 2013 - 4:51 PM
Many have called for a ban on military-style weapons, large ammunition magazines and more. The nation should consider a comprehensive federal policy.
But gun control alone will not solve the complex problem of guns and extreme violence. We have an access problem. The mentally ill should never have access to guns.
Federal law already prohibits high-risk individuals from buying guns -- persons determined by a court to be "mentally ill and dangerous," felons, drug addicts, fugitives, illegal aliens, dishonorably discharged soldiers, those who have renounced U.S. citizenship, and domestic abusers all are disqualified from gun ownership. The National Criminal Instant Background Check System (NICS) assists law enforcement in identifying the disqualified.
Trouble is, the system is woefully underdeveloped. A majority of relevant records have never been included in NICS; millions of names are missing from the federal database.
The Brady Center reports that only one-quarter of felony records have been included, and according to the National Center for State Courts, there should be as many as 2 million court judgments of dangerous mental illness in the NICS, but as of 2010 there were only 100 records submitted by 28 states.
The shooter at Virginia Tech in 2007 (the largest school shooting in recent U.S. history), had a disqualifying mental illness. Yet Seung-Hui Cho "legally" purchased the two handguns he used. He provided identification, proof of permanent residency and legal age, and for both purchases there was a 30-day waiting period for background checks. He passed both federal and state checks. Cho failed to disclose that two years prior he had been found by a court to be "mentally ill" and "an imminent danger to himself or others." That history should have disqualified him from purchasing a gun, but the records had never been submitted to NICS.
Since then, Congress passed the NICS Improvement Amendments Act to improve development and management of the NICS Index. But state participation still is voluntary, and only 12 states actively have engaged in an effort to submit mental-illness records.
Minnesota updated its laws in 2010. Our courts now are required to report all mental-health records to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. However, many of our records are still in a paper form, and are not submitted promptly, leading to backlogs.
But even if we updated the NICS Index with every relevant record (and we should make every effort to do so), it still would not be enough. For a mentally ill person to become disqualified for gun ownership, there must first have been an act of violence, or an arrest leading to the extreme measure of a court hearing and decision.
In my view, this is far too late to provide meaningful care and treatment to those in need. Multiple studies show a strong link between untreated mental illness and an increased risk of committing violent acts (when properly treated, even the severely mentally ill pose no greater threat than do those in the general population).
The parents of Andrew Engeldinger, the suspected killer at Accent Signage in Minneapolis last summer, said they tried to push their son to seek treatment for paranoia and delusions, but he was an adult and refused help.
Refusing treatment and denying that help is needed both are hallmarks of mental illness. Yet that is exactly where the crisis begins, and we must assess whether a mentally ill individual presents a danger to himself or others -- without violating that individual's privacy or civil rights.
We have an epidemic of untreated mental illness in the United States. More than a quarter of adults have a diagnosable mental-health problem, but fewer than half of them receive treatment. The system is overwhelmed; the deinstitutionalization of mental health has left us with too few options and resources.
As of 2010, Minnesota had the lowest number of psychiatric beds per capita in the nation (3.9 per 100,000, compared with an average of 14.1 per 100,000 and a recommended level of 50 per 100,000). The numbers of forensic psychiatric professionals are extremely low, and those professionals are limited to seeing patients who have already committed sex crimes or other violent acts. You have to be in crisis before you can access resources. As a result, far too often, the mentally ill windup in jail.
With the benefit of hindsight, we can see commonalities among the 2012 mass shooters: They threatened family members, committed domestic violence, expressed unusually strong interest in mass shootings (and studied them on the Internet), were fascinated with weapons, excessively played violent video games, and exhibited a disconnect from reality.
We must be more vigilant. We must invest in psychiatric-treatment doctors, beds and facilities; expand access to care for servicemembers (including treatment through community providers and not just Veterans Affairs); improve health insurance benefits (to include both inpatient and outpatient treatment), and partner with the private sector, nonprofits and faith-based organizations to develop additional community placements and resources.
More than anything, we must encourage individuals facing mental-health issues to seek treatment. We must "make it OK" for our family, friends and colleagues to seek treatment.
If you know someone who refuses help but needs intervention, please call 911. Law-enforcement agencies across the state have conducted crisis-intervention training, and we are here to help.
Rich Stanek is the Hennepin County sheriff. In December 2012, he participated in Vice President Joe Biden's Law Enforcement Working Group on Extreme Gun Violence.