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Back to the Important Point

Let's get back to the important point about this case. The judge ordered an immediate psychiatric examination for this person. Instead of that, somehow that became a request for a forensic evaluation - not considered an emergency procedure. That exam consists of only 3 simple questions. Yet that process could not be carried out between Dec. 25th and Jan. 23rd by Evergreen Behavioral Services, which I believe, is right across the road from the jail? How did this get misinterpreted and why did this process take so long that it resulted in a death before it could be completed? That is really what should be on discussion here, not what the family should or should not have done or be doing. It seems to me that the there are several problems within the big one. The emergency personnel speaking here have shed light on one problem - some jail personnel evidently like using pepper spray. They seem to speak from experience. Others on this board and elsewhere talk about sheriff's department employees who have done their best to do their jobs in an atmosphere that has been chaotic and stressful to say the least. The jailers handling Mr. Vaught at that time really didn't have a whole lot of reaction space in which to consider what to do, I don't imagine. Those who use pepper spray when not needed make those who use it when needed look bad. The problem is, why was the prisoner still where he was under the circumstances? Why wasn't the problem handled faster? That is what any family would want to know? I do know of a case where a man who shot someone in the back and killed them needed an mental exam to prove he was mentally incompetent so he wouldn't have to stand trial (which he didn't) and a state psychologist was sent to his house and examined him on the man's own front porch. Yet Vaught was held in a holding cell. What was the difference? The other man was related to Sheriff Hewett. It happened in 1998. This family DOES deserve some answers. So do a lot of other families. You nay-sayers need to back off.


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