Are the civil rights of January 6 detainees being violated?The warden of a D.C. jail and the director of the D.C. Department of Corrections are currently being held in contempt.
Jail officials failed to turn over information needed to approve surgery recommended four months ago for a January 6 defendant.
In this case, the Washington Post reports, the defendant suffered from broken bones and required surgery, which was effectively denied for four months as jail officials did not turn over information.
In a hearing, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth said this action by jail officials “raises the possibility of deliberate mistreatment.”
“The failure of D.C. officials to turn over medical records is more than just inept and bureaucratic jostling of papers,” the federal judge added.
A federal judge is referring Biden’s Department of Justice to launch a civil rights investigation into the treatment of January 6 detainees.
“I find that the civil rights of the defendant have been abused,” Lamberth said.Lamberth called the treatment of the defendant “inexcusable.”
The judge directly asked the jail officials, “Does no one care?”
Lamberth described their treatment of the defendant as “more than inept.”“I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6th defendant or not,” the judge continued.
“But I find this matter should be referred to the attorney general of the United States for a civil rights investigation into whether the D.C. Department of Corrections is violating the civil rights of January 6th defendants in this and maybe other cases.”