Video shows police tasing a bloody, restrained Matthew Ajibade in the testicles before his death
It is now abundantly clear that Matthew Ajibade was murdered by police in Savannah, Georgia. For over 10 months, police and prosecutors have concealed the video evidence of his murder not only from the public, but from Ajibade’s closest friends and family members. His death in police custody was ruled a homicide by coroners, but the whole of Savannah’s government has colluded in covering up the sadistic and brutal murder of a beloved artist and photographer who was a student at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Don’t say anything; don’t do anything. But please help. That’s what inmates write when they’re in danger. Their mail is typically read by facility personnel before it’s send. I have no doubt that a significant number of corrections personnel laugh over the inmates’ pain, fear and helplessness. Especially their helplessness.
Some inmates can’t write to anyone. They’re too ill, or their arrests are too recent. Or both, like Matthew Ajibade, according to CNN:
The 21-year-old was diagnosed with bipolar disorder three years ago and was having a medical emergency at the time of his arrest and confinement, according to the family’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, who is also a CNN legal analyst.
The prison industrial complex wants mental illness to remain a crime; the higher the head counts, the greater the profits, so long as no one is concerned with preservation of rights, quality of life or long-term outcomes.
The prison industrial complex therefore makes it very profitable for legislators who will not only strive to criminalize mental illness despite the higher costs of incarceration over mental health facilities, but legislators who will strive to dispel public concern over the preservation of rights, quality of life and long-term outcomes for inmates.
Likewise, the prison industrial complex will hold on to physically ill inmates that it has no intention of providing adequate or proper care for, looking to the same legislators to keep the public in the dark.
Buy-able legislators have helped turn our holding cells, jails, prisons and penitentiaries into profit-generating Dark Sites, just as military Dark Sites generate profits for the Military Industrial Complex.
How profitable are Dark Sites for Military Industrial Complex contractors? This profitable, per the New Republic:
At a cost of $2.8 million per prisoner per year, Guantánamo is the most expensive prison in the world.
Many of the Guantánamo inmates were cleared for release years ago. It’s patently obvious that most of them should never have been there to begin with.
It’s profitable for state legislators to pack our corrections facilities to overflowing with people like Matthew Ajibade, who never should been incarcerated to begin with … imagine how profitable it is for federal legislators to get a piece of GITMO action, on top of the action they get for ignoring what states are doing to pack their corrections facilities to overflowing.
Dark Sites – foreign or domestic – are the opposite of everything we stand for. They cost a fortune, and they produce the worst possible outcomes: either dead bodies, or bodies and minds so damaged that reintegration into society is next to impossible. The fortunes in taxpayer dollars that they cost are reaped by the already-rich, allowing them to keep unknown numbers of state and federal legislators in their pockets. Please sign and share this petition, and turn a spotlight on one of them. With a mainstream media so on board with profiteering, petitions are the only way I know to answer letters from inmates who write, don’t say anything, don’t do anything, but please help. Thank you.