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Oregon: State of the Pedophile WitnessPolitical Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
Attorney needed; assist a man who experienced terrible bigotry and help save Oregon's Soul.
(SALEM) - Are you a lawyer? Do you really care about justice? Do you have what it takes to look beyond potential retaliation from the state of Oregon? If you are genuine then read on because you need to know the story of one of Oregon's most important whistleblowers. There are few cases so dire and aggravating. If you are another weak willed counselor then this appeal is not for you.
William Coleman is a deeply religious man who moved to Oregon to take a job as a corrections officer in our prison system (Oregon Dept. of Corrections) and began experiencing racism on the first day on the job.
As William continued to report violations, he quickly began losing grace with the higher ups at the Oregon State Penitentiary. In spite of this awkward situation with Coleman calling attention to serious race-related problems in the prison, officials sent Mr. Coleman to the area law enforcement academy, known as the DPSST (Department of Public Safety Standards and Training) in Salem.
Mr. Coleman returned after graduating from the Academy and the same patterns were in place.
The criminal violations Mr. Coleman reported included:
- Officials failing to address a threat against an inmate's life; that inmate was stabbed and nearly killed after Coleman's report of the threat was dismissed by prison officials.
- Mail tampering: a guard wrote racist scrawls in an inmate's magazine (subscription) which prison officials went to great effort to locate, rather than addressing the racism.
- Coverup and complicity between numerous agencies; Oregon State Police, BOLI in Oregon, the Statesman Journal newspaper, the DOC, the Oregon Attorney General's Office, Salem Police, and other agencies. They all conspired to prevent Mr. Coleman from disclosing very serious problems about what was taking place the prison - to the public.
- Staff dealing drugs to inmates; Coleman observed a long list of violations; one involved a female guard dealing heroin; an inmate overdosed and died and the prison covered it up. The woman was never convicted.
- Guards playing a movie, 'Downfall' about Hitler's last days. This caused major racial tension in the prison.
Coleman later learned that the Oregon State Police tried to build a case against him for the heroin overdose death. We have published testimony that state investigators made bribes asking inmates to testify against Coleman in the heroin overdoes death. An inmate who testified for Coleman in court brought the identity of the real guard who sold drugs to the attention of the state, which again ignored the evidence.
(This is a small sampling of the crimes William Coleman reported.)
Mr. Coleman tried to alert state officials to respond to his charges, of Oregon Corrections Officers who operate in unison, ignoring widespread racism-based issues while giving preference to the wishes of white racist inmates. Other incidents involved drug dealing, importing cigarettes (which Oregon prison officials later tried to convict Coleman of being involved in) and prostitution.
One might think a moral officer like William Coleman would have washed his hands of the matter and moved on, but instead he remained in Salem and took a security guard position with the Oregon State Hospital.
Part Two: Oregon State Hospital
It was during his training period that Coleman was shown the Lee Cemetery adjacent to the state hospital; it is a traditional escape route for prisoners. Let me say that again. Dangerous mental patients, many of whom are convicted killers, use this old historic cemetery when escaping as it leads to a densely populated Salem neighborhood. It was disclosed in court that numerous escaped patients over the years have used this route. Needless to say, it is dangerous for residents and the officers are regularly instructed to patrol the cemetery.
Joe Salazar's name is well known in Salem. He is a gritty and abusive convicted pedophile with a long history of viciously beating his wife and being arrested and convicted for it. His violence and arrests have been well covered by the local daily newspaper, the Statesman Journal. However it was this same newspaper that constructed its articles to give Salazar credibility when Coleman took the state to court for damages, a case he lost. The newspaper knew who the guy was! It was part of the same conspiracy Coleman alleges. Had this newspaper paid attention to the numerous reports Coleman made, all of these problems; from the prison incidents of racism, to the set-up at the old cemetery, would have been exposed.
It is funny, I know two Salem officers who arrested this guy Joe Salazar in one of his wife-beating, child-threatening escapades, and they told me he was the worst person they had ever dealt with. In court, a Salem Police officer named Waymon Hubbard tried to describe Mr. Coleman, a truly gracious honest and sincere person, as the "worst suspect he ever dealt with"!
Waymon Hubbard lied on the stand and he is on the streets of Salem every day. William Coleman is the farthest person from the one he described. During his contact with Mr. Coleman that cost Coleman his job at the state hospital, he even refused, as a Salem Police officer... to reveal his name. That's pretty sad. Of course Hubbard is in the military; this was paraded in the courtroom as if he had more credibility for having taken part in the Iraq war. There are no heroics in lying on the witness stand or just being a crappy racist cop.
Try to imagine...
Here is another example.
This would never happen in Oregon if the victims were white, but a pedophile creep was dressed up and rehearsed to protect Oregon from its own genuine liability to Mr. Coleman.
Oregon by all accounts, has failed to comply with the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The state's Governor, John Kitzhaber, recently cut two members of the state Black Affairs Commission loose without an explanation. This unexplained action came after former Chairman Clifford Walker of Portland, and Willie Woolfolk of Medford, Oregon, began making inquiries over Obama's Federal Stimulus funds for Oregon. African-Americans live in this state largely without representation. If attorneys are scared to take Coleman's case because he is a whistleblower, we are reeling within a broken system.
Salazar was allowed to testify against William Coleman and the buckets of racism attached to the case were used to grease the wheels and push it through. I am ashamed to be an 'Oregonian' but I will stay here and do what I do to help the state regain its place in this union.
Well, when Mr. Coleman has his first chance to gain compensation for this horrendous case of, really... government terrorism, he was defeated by Oregon which defended itself; portraying Mr. Coleman as a criminal when he possibly was the only person in the courtroom who was not a criminal. Salazar was allowed to give testimony with his cohort Waymon Hubbard and Coleman lost.
It is one of the sickest things I have ever heard of Oregon doing and the state makes the lives and safety of our city's children more compromised by using this witness.
I will never stop supporting this man, he was treated with the highest level of injustice and the state of Oregon was the main agency steering the ship of inequity.
So if you are a lawyer in Oregon or outside of Oregon and you want to represent Mr. Coleman, you will be doing all of us a very large and important favor. My email is below, and the link in red is the relevant story that fills in the blanks regarding what I reference here.
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