Saturday, May 3, 2014

Human Rights for Prisoners March's Beginning: Wrongful Death of Larry Neal

Larry Neal (May 2, 1949 to August 1, 2003)

See a website regarding the "Wrongful Death of Larry Neal" at

It is because of what happened to Larry that we have a "Human Rights for Prisoners March." Having become aware of how unjust the system is, Human Rights for Prisoners March was founded to help others.

Larry M. Neal, a mentally ill heart patient, was murdered while secretly incarcerated in Shelby County Jail, Memphis, Tennessee on August 1, 2003. During the 18 days of Larry Neal's fatal arrest, his family and social worker searched for him as a missing person, but police repeatedly denied having Larry Neal or a John Doe meeting his description in custody. In 2003, Shelby County Jail was operating under the jurisdiction of the United States Justice Department, following suit by the USA due to a pattern of violations against inmates' civil rights. To date, all requests by Larry Neal's family for official reports and an investigation regarding his fatal arrest and death have been denied or ignored by both Shelby County Jail and the United States Department of Justice. The Neals are America's first family this century to have a member kidnapped by the government, held under secret incarceration and killed, and returned to survivors as a naked corpse without an investigation, inquest, explanation, or apology, with all due process of law rights DENIED.

The Neal family has been victimized by censorship, financial persecution, burglary, police harassment, surveillance agents, etc., since Mary and Hattie Neal sued The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm for its fraud and malpractice to keep Larry Neal's government murder quiet. The Neal family's wrongful death attorneys pretended to prepare lawsuits against the police and State of Tennessee, but the devious lawyers at The Cochran Firm actually defrauded the Neal family on behalf of the government. They used U.S. Mail fraud to lie to the Neals while secretly allowing the statute of limitations to pass without any legal action regarding Larry Neal's kidnapping and murder. In the last 10 years, the conspiracy against justice grew to include every government agency and media company from which the Neal family requested and deserved help. Because the Wrongful Death of Larry Neal went without accountability, many more people were placed at risk, especially mental patients of color.

We have been taught that in Nazi Germany, first they came for the Jews, but that is not true. First they came for mentally challenged people of every race in Germany, whether Anglo, Jewish, or Black. Over 300,000 people labeled as being mentally ill from age 2 though old age were isolated and killed. The Nazis later expanded the genocide and also killed "useless eaters" who were physically handicapped or elderly. Today 1.25 million of America's prisoners are mentally ill people of every race. Over 50% of all police violence incidents involve a mentally ill victim, and accountability by police is not usually required. In correctional institutions, the mentally ill CITIZENS are baked to death (Jerome Murdough in Riker's Island), starved to death (James Embry in Kentucky and Carlos Umana in Utah), placed in deadly restraint, Tasered to death, killed by beatings, or tortured in solitary confinement to further deteriorate their mental health. Some facilities allegedly hold Gladiator sports events and allow mentally ill inmates to beat each other to death while the guards bet on the winner (human dog fights to the finish).

The Neal family is denied knowing how Larry Neal was killed despite making continuous inquiries for a decade. For more information about America's "disposable citizens," please see "Dog Justice for Mentally Ill" blog at

Larry Neal lived in Western State Mental Institution for most of 20 years, until 1970. Americans with serious mental illnesses were "de-institutionalized" in the 1970s, and most were re-institutionalized in privatized prisons and jails throughout the country. Today, 1.25 million of American prisoners have mental dysfunctions.


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