RE: Stuart Pomeranz
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From: Kay LeeSent: Monday, December 31, 2001 10:21 PMSubject: POMERANZ BEATING RE
Beaten at Union CI 1/10/01 Currently being held at FSP Dear Mr. Schuknecht et al:REGARDING YOUR EMAIL:From: Schuknecht, Fred [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]THIS SEEMS WELL-DOCUMENTED! HAS ANYTHING HAPPENED? This case, according to the response, was referred for investigation back in February of 2001. I'd like to know the final results. In fact, under Florida's Sunshine laws, I'd like to make an FOIA request for all interviews, recorded conversations, and written correspondence pertaining to the investigation of the beating of Stuart Pomeranz. Thank you,Kay Lee1290 Overlook TerraceTitusville, Florida 32780 *********************************************DETAILS OF EVENTS:
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2001 1:38 PM
Subject: FW: NAMING UNION DOC OFFICERS SWANSON, FOSTER, AND SWAIN
FYI. This allegation was referred for investigation and we opened a case three weeks ago...
Here is the latest I have to share on Stuart (Derek)
Pomeranz, the inmate who was beaten on 1-10-01 by three
Union guards, Officer Swanson, Officer Foster and Sgt.
Swain. Derek has been persistent in reporting abuses in
Union and retaliation has finally come. In fact, I've received word from a number of Union prisoners and their
families that they have been warned of retaliation if they continue to write
to Making the Walls Transparent and/or to Kay Lee.
This letter is not written to convince you that abuse is
rampant behind the walls of the Florida DOC. That fact is
already well documented by a number of people. No, this
letter is written in a real effort to find some help for
this young man and some relief for his family.
His mother is grieving, those who know and care for him are
angry, and we will not lie down and allow these 'incidents'
to continue to be swept under the rug.
This young man is in serious danger from people who are just
as much lawbreakers as the people they keep. They are
wantonly using their DOC uniforms to fulfill, in secret, the
sadistic streaks within them - AND get paid for it.
Our laws say brutalizers must serve time, must answer for
their crimes, whoever they are! It is wrong and evil for
the DOC to hide these 'legal' criminals; it is weak and evil
for these guards to refuse to own their responsibility; and
it is negative and destructive for the public not to demand
professionalism from the DOC.
On 1-10-01, I was instructed to "cuff up". I complied. I
was told to stand in front of my cell. I did. It should be
noted, I am a P.M. inmate, and not supposed to be on close
proximity to non-P.M. inmates. However, I was standing
directly beside inmate *Ned and **Jhanson[sp], who also were
As our cells were being searched, officers Swanson and
Foster were reading my legal mail. I asked why. I was told
to come in the cell. I did.
I was struck in my stomach and ribs by Officer Swanson and
in my jaw by Officer Foster. I fell to the ground. Sgt.
Swain approached my door and, as I saw him, I saw Inmate Ned
and Jhanson watching.
Sgt. Swain pushed me back in, closed the door, and Officer
Swanson kicked me in my back. I was lifted to my feet. The
door was locked and they removed my cuffs.
When the Lt. came back, I explained what happened. Myself
and another inmate who had been assaulted were taken to
At medical, it is well documented that I sustained multiple
contusions, abrasions etc. It's marked that I was taken to
Lake Butler for x-rays. I sustained a hemurthrosis [sp], a
condition where the jaw joint is full of blood as a result
of being struck. I was given Tylenol 3 w/Codeine and a pass
for a "medical diet soft food."
I have filed numerous grievances to no avail.
I have volunteered to take a polygraph.
I have not received any diet.
I attempted to contact an attorney, but have not gotten a
I signed a Medical Release for my mother to have access to
All my injuries are documented.
The DOC doesn't give Tylenol 3 w/codeine unless its NEEDED.
No one is saying anything.
One of the witnesses was moved to another dorm.
Kay Lee, find me an attorney and contact my mom.
P.S. I was just given a prescription for 600 Motrin dated
the 11th. Today is a week later.
Stuart L. Pomeranz 187155
LETTER WAS WRITTEN FROM:
Union "Correctional" Institution
P.O. Box 221
Raiford, Florida 32083
DEREK'S NEW ADDRESS IS:
Stuart L. Pomeranz 187155
Florida State Prison Main
P.O. Box 181
Starke, Florida 32091
NOTE: Stuart, [Derek, as his family and friends know him]
was moved to Florida State Prison following this beating.
I am very fearful for Derek, as there are guards at Florida
State Prison who are pretty professional at beating the
spirit out of inmates and hiding them in the hole until they
heal. These guards are so good at brutality, they rarely
take the prisoner across the fine line between life and
death, as in the Valdes beating, (although they are very
good at bringing an inmate to that line). Most prisoners
won't speak out after a 'session' with the guards,
particularly the ***abusive ones at FSP.
I suspect Derek was put in FSP to make sure he doesn't cause
trouble for his tormentors. The guard's reasoning is the
simple logic of any abuser: Put the fear so deep into the
victim that they don't tell a soul. I would be amazed if
Derek recanted, but beaten badly enough or often enough, any
human being might find that the best way out.
A minister, a REAL law-enforcer, a reporter, someone needs
to go inside and see Derek. We need help to get the real
story here. Derek is willing to take a lie detector test -
Why not give it to him if truth is really wanted?
Raiford, where Union is located, and Starke, where FSP is
located, are not more than what, two miles apart? These
guards cover for each other. They are all from the same
area and transfer between prisons. If one guard wants to
get you, being moved to another Bradford county facility
will not protect you. *Ned: If this is the correct spelling of the inmate's
name, I could only find three in the system and if one of
them is him, he also was moved from Union. The three
NED, ANTHONY 199066 BLACK MALE 07/23/2003 OKEECHOBEE C.I.
NED, DERRICK M 305479 BLACK MALE 08/17/2005 CALHOUN C.I.
NED, JAY D 410805 BLACK MALE 10/09/2003 HARDEE WORK CAMP
**Jhanson: I am unsure of the spelling. If it is Jhanson,
I do not find one in the DOC database. There is also no J.
If it is Johanson, there is only one in Union:
JOHANSON, ROBERT 185319 WHITE MALE 06/06/2002 UNION C. I.
If the name is Johnson, there are 27 Johnson's listed at
Union alone. Without more information, I cannot determine
who this inmate is.
Ex-Union Warden: Bradley D. Carter: 904-431-2000
Ex-Florida State Prison Warden: The infamous James V. Crosby
Jr., who is suspected of misappropriation of funds and
covering up for errant guards at his facility:904-964-8125
2613 Larry Court
Eau Gallie, Florida 32935