Kevin "Rashid" Johnson Denied Appropriate Medical Care at Pendleton CF
Please find below the text of a complaint we are sending to the relevant authorities, journalists, and legal organizations regarding the IDOC’s failure to provide political prisoner Kevin “Rashid” Johnson with the medical care he requires, to ensure that IDOC knows that Rashid’s well-being is under public scrutiny. Rashid is the Minister of Defense of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party. He was recently transferred to Indiana from Virginia in exchange for Shaka Shakur, through the Interstate Transfer Compact, as part of an effort by both states to limit the two imprisoned rebels’ influence on other prisoners.
You can write to Rashid at:
D.O.C. No. 264847
Pendleton Correctional Facility
4490 W. Reformatory Road
Pendleton, IN 46064
Or look him up at web.connectnetwork.com to email him and send him money.
To whom it may concern,
Please consider this a formal complaint on behalf of Mr. Kevin Johnson, #264847, who is in the custody of the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) at Pendleton Correctional Facility (PCF). Mr. Johnson has chronic health problems, including elevated blood pressure and diabetes, and it in medically necessary for him to receive his six (6) prescribed medications monthly on a regular schedule to address these conditions correctly. IDOC and PCF staff and administration have been failing to provide Mr. Johnson with his prescribed medications, and medical care, both of which he is entitled to under state law, his rights under the US Constitution, and IDOC policy. The failure to ensure that Mr. Johnson is receiving adequate medical attention is either criminally negligent, or intentionally abusive, and these issues need to be remedied immediately.
September was the second month in a row where Mr. Johnson did not receive his medications while in the custody of IDOC at Pendleton CF. In August, after relatives contacted the authorities out of concern for Mr. Johnson’s health, he did eventually receive his medications. But the negligent or intentional withholding of Mr. Johnson’s medications has continued for a second month, seriously jeopardizing his health.
Additionally, according to orders from doctors at facilities where Mr. Johnson has previously been housed, he is supposed to receive a check-up on his chronic medical conditions from a doctor every six months. His last appointment was in January 2019, so he was due to see a doctor again in July 2019. Since he is in segregation at Pendleton, it was the responsibility of staff there to take him to the doctor, which they did not do. When Mr. Johnson informed staff that he had not received his appointment, staff notified him that he was a “no show,” as if he could have gone to the doctor without a staff escort.
It is completely unconscionable and illegal, as well as a violation of IDOC policies & procedures, to withhold medical care to incarcerated people, especially when the people in question are being held in segregation and their movement is restricted. The above-detailed abuses of Mr. Johnson must be remedied immediately, otherwise we will be forced to take further legal and public action.