Peltier Defense Committee: CDC guidelines not being followed in US penitentiary – leading to Peltier contracting COVID-19

Kevin Sharp, a former federal judge who is Leonard Peltier’s attorney, learned that his famous client tested positive for COVID-19 Friday night.

“I received an email Friday at 7:50 p.m. EST that Leonard has tested positive for COVID-19,” Sharp told Indigenous News Online Saturday evening.

Because it’s the weekend, Sharp says Peltier’s case manager and counselor weren’t part of the overall assessment of the extent of Peltier’s COVID-19 case.

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According to Sharp, members of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) became aware that Peltier was not feeling well on Friday.

Leonard Peltier (Photo/Courtesy)

Peltier had cold or flu symptoms on Friday and then decided to ask to be tested for COVID-19.

Sharp learned Saturday from an employee of the United States Penitentiary in Coleman, Fla. (USP Coleman 1) where Peltier is incarcerated, that he is in quarantine at the housing unit medical unit and is under observation. programmed. Peltier’s medical stats are monitored.

Leonard Peltier, 77, (Turtle Mountain of Chippewa) was incarcerated for 46 years for the murder of two FBI agents in Oglala on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1975.

The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee issued a press release late Saturday afternoon stating that the federal prison acted recklessly with respect to Peltier’s care during the COVID-19 pandemic and contributed cause him to contract the deadly virus.

Part of the press release reads:

“Peltier is a 77-year-old inmate with a host of comorbidities that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Guidelines) should prioritize him for COVID recall. CDC guidelines call for boosters at seven months, but 11 months after Peltier received his COVID 19 vaccine, he had not received a booster.

Visitors to USP Coleman 1 noted that the facility does not mandate vaccinations for its guards or staff. Guards and staff were seen both maskless and wearing masks inappropriately, social distancing was neither encouraged nor enforced and booster shots had, until recently, not been available to any inmate of USP Coleman 1. ILPDC and service organizations offered to donate N-95 masks for each inmate of Coleman were declined.

“Now, due to the reckless disregard of the United States Bureau of Prisons for not following CDC guidelines for correctional and detention facilities (Corrections and Detention Facilities | CDC) has caused Mr. Peltier to face a virus that could end his life.” the press release continues.

Sharp expects to get a better update on Monday after all staff return.

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