I was walking to a convenience store half a block away Shooting star roller coaster shirt my house to get a quart of milk. In the gangway, there was a couple in a parked car. He was repeatedly punching her in the face. She was screaming and crying, blood everywhere. I didn’t have my phone with me at the time, so I asked to use the phone at the store to call the police. I got my milk and left. On the way back home, she was standing outside the car while the police had him handcuffed on the ground. She started screaming at me, calling me all sorts of bitches and how dare I call the cops. I was stunned. I hadn’t worked with her for long, but she was extraordinary. Often we’d meet over Zoom and she would have her small boy (3) curled into her lap. She was a straight shooter. She was passionate and curious and sharp. In our last meeting, she told me how well I was doing, and to keep going, even though the going was tough.
I do not know if wardens have ever ordered a guard to beat up a prisoner or not.But I do know that guards have beaten up prisoners at the Missouri State penitentiary It almost happened to me once when I got smart with a guard. And there was a lieutenant who wanted to fight a lot. He would challenge both prisoners and guards. He would tell the prisoner. “ Im going to take off my badge . We will see who is better. I will not write you up , and you don’t write me up” I was told he never lost . He came close once We lived in Santa Fe, NM and my daughter attended a Catholic elementary school. Each year there was a celebration of the reconquest of Santa Fe by don Diego DeVargas. A “fiesta court” was assembled including people chosen to play Sr. De Vargas and a fiesta queen. The queen’s court included a number of young girls including some from the school my daughter attended.