Inmates Health Neglected by the Multnomah County Health Department

Blast Zone No. 131
Set Up On:
Category: Corrections - Jail Staff
Current Jail Location:
1120 SW Third Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97204
Medical Records of Neglected Injury:
Dr. Michael Seale
Dr. Michael Seale

On June 28, 2017 I was taken to the emergency room at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) with a broken left arm after being assaulted by guards at the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC). The doctor at OHSU diagnosed me with a clean break of the biggest bone in the arm above the elbow. I was given a sling and swoth, some painkillers, and told to come back within 7 days.

On July 7, 2017 I had yet to receive my follow up when I had a hearing in federal court before Judge Marco Hernandez. Now granted if my well being were terribly important to Hernandez he would have let me go home for the last month of the sentence I was serving for violating my supervision and he would have let me answer new allegations from home, but instead he just told the US Marshals to make sure that I would be taken to my follow up. It appears he lacks the authority to compel the Marshals to work or they just don't care what he has to say because as of my next hearing on July 11th, I still had not been taken to my follow up and Hernandez issued the same order again with the same results. An in-house orthopedic physician's assistant named Brook Holter finally came to see me at the jail on July 12th only to recommend that I be taken to OHSU. She also recommended just a sling to help my arm heal at a better angle, but didn't have any slings with her. The one I had would not work. Dr. Michael Seale told my lawyer that I would go the week of July 17th, but I never went. On July 24th Hernandez said that he again would look into it.

On August 3rd, some 5 weeks after the incident I was finally taken to OHSU where I was given a sling that let my arm hang lower and at a better angle, but by then it was too late. It had healed too much at a bad angle. Today it is stronger than ever, but slightly crooked. Another disturbing thing took place at my visit in which the deputies that took me there would not let me have a splint just because it contained metal. So, it seems like guards have more say than doctors when it comes to treatment. I have also since learned that at least one appointment was canceled due to a court date, so instead of telling the court to reschedule due to my medical needs they took me to court instead. I bet if Judge Hernandez had his arm broken they would have rescheduled my hearing to that he could go to the doctor.

In closing, on a disturbing note, Brook Holter's records were falsified somehow. During my exam the man that broke my arm, Timothy Barker, was within earshot listening to the entire thing. As a result her report falsely states " Pt states that the deputies were trying to hand cuff him and inadvertantly broke his humerus". That is Barker's version of events and I have never endorsed them. Barker broke my arm on purpose and I have always said so. Either Holter decided to tell Barker's version, told to her how and when I don't know, or someone changed the record later on.

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