Thursday, January 22, 2009

Leonard Peltier Beaten In Prison

by Michael Borkson from Boston Indymedia 22 Jan 2009.

Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier was badly beaten and injured by other inmates after being moved to a different prison in Pennsylvania. Here is an urgent call for action by Leonard's sister and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.

Forwarded on behalf of the Leonard Peltier Defense CommitteeURGENT! Leonard Peltier's Safety in Jeopardy!Dear LP Supporters,I am so OUTRAGED! My brother Leonard was severely beaten uponhis arrival at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary. When he wentinto population after his transfer, some inmates assaulted him.The severity of his injuries is that he suffered numerous blows tohis head and body, receiving a large bump on his head, possiblya concussion, and numerous bruises. Also, one of his fingersis swollen and discolored and he has pain in his chest andribcage. There was blood everywhere from his injuries.We feel that prison authorities at the prompting of the FBIorchestrated this attack and thus, we are greatly concerned abouthis safety. It may be that the attackers, whom Leonard did noteven know, were offered reduced sentences for carrying out thisheinous assault. Since Leonard is up for parole soon, this could bea conspiracy to discredit a model prisoner. He was placed in solitaryconfinement and only given one meal, this is generally done when youwon't name your attackers; incidentally being only given one mealseriously jeopardizes his health because of his diabetes. Prisonofficials refuse to release any info to the family, but they needto hear from his supporters to protect his safety, as does PresidentObama. His attorneys are trying to get calls into him now.

Prison will tell you to start here:
Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator 1-202-307-3126 or
You will need first and last name and age of prisoner.
Leonard Peltier (born September 12, 1944)

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