According to World Can’t Wait, Judge Timothy McGinty has forcibly incarcerated Carol Fisher in the psych unit of the Cuyahoga County Jail in downtown Cleveland, for an undetermined period of time. McGinty is forcing Fisher to undergo a state psychological exam as part of her pre-sentencing investigation. During yesterday’s hearing, McGinty stated that Fisher’s opposition to the Bush regime indicates to him that she is “delusional.”
At the hearing held yesterday, McGinty wore a t-shirt which read: “Wanted for Illegally Crossing Borders: The Bush Regime ‘If you are going to insist that crossing borders illegally is a crime which cannot be tolerated, how about George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice (and yes, Colin Powell) and the rest of that gang, with their highly illegal, and violent, “crossing of the border” — into Iraq, among other places?!'” McGinty stated that Fisher’s t-shirt evidenced her delusion. When Fisher began to explain her opposition to psychological testing, McGinty stated: “I do not negotiate with felons.” World Can’t Wait reports that in a telephone conversation with Fisher yesterday, she stated she had inexplicably been put on “suicide watch” and her eyeglasses had been taken from her. If she continues to refuse the psych exam, she will be forcibly sent to North Coast Mental Institute for a 20-day evaluation.
By way of background, Fisher, 53, 5 foot 4 and weighing 130 pounds, a long-time peace activist and volunteer at Revolution Books in Cleveland was found guilty of “felonious assault” of two Cleveland Heights police officers on June 2. She was hanging “World Can’t Wait, Bush Step Down” posters (pictured above) on telephone poles in Cleveland in January, when officers approached and told her posting the signs was against city ordinances. Cleveland Indymedia reported the incident as follows:
Fisher turned and walked toward the poster, in compliance with the officer’s warning. But instead of allowing her to take it down or just issuing a citation, Downey and Frinzl were on top of her “grinding his knee into back and face into the sidewalk.”
Fisher said she told the officers she could not breathe. That didn’t matter. Two more officers showed up, and they dragged her to a bench,
shackled her legs, and handcuffed her tight enough to cause serious bruising.
Fisher objected to her arrest, telling the officers that “as citizens we have the responsibility to stop the crimes of the Bush regime.”
According to her statements, this inflamed the officers. One told her, “I am sick of this anti-Bush shit,” and they threatened to kill her. “You are definitely going to the psych ward,” said another. And that’s where she ended up, incommunicado, even to her Power of Attorney for health care. University Hospitals personnel were forbidden by the police to allow visitors or for Fisher to make a phone call.
The Indymedia report states that Fisher was indicted by a Grand Jury eight days after her original arrest, a process which normally takes two months.
This could have happened to me. How many times have I been out on the streets, protesting in exactly this way. This could have been any of us.