AN ABSENCE OF OUTRAGE
Monday, July 17, 2001
The absence of outrage condemning the death of Jeffrey Anderson in the “care” of
Jackson County Sheriff’s jail deputies is astonishing.
I personally delivered photographs of Anderson, taken by hospital personnel when he was
admitted, to this newspaper, to Channel 5 and Channel 12 newsrooms. Channel 10 didn’t
want to see them.
Those photographs leave no doubt: Anderson’s face was smashed, his feet were stomped
and he had severe bruising in his groin area. There were deep handcuff lacerations on his
wrists and ankles. He had finger marks bruised into his neck. None of your news
organizations published those photographs for you to see.
Anderson failed his education requirement for a DUII violation, and was placed in jail for
15 days. He was 33 years old and a father of two. He was not violent. There, but for the
grace of God, go many of you, your wives, your sons and your daughters.
Your silence is shameful.
You paid 1.8 million dollars to Anderson’s family, much of which came from your
property taxes -- not insurance. The taxpayers are the actual employer of Jackson County,
which is why you had to pay. You are the voters, and you take financial responsibility for
the people you elect to county office. Your elected sheriff just cost you 1.8 million dollars
because he failed his duty to protect you from such a lawsuit, and he remains arrogant and
unrepentant in the aftermath.
What are we going to do about it?
Carl F. Worden
Liaison & Intelligence Officer
Southern Oregon Militia
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