On June 23rd, 2017, James Nelson, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, was experiencing a mental health crisis and was in need of help. Citrus Heights Police Department responded, and instead of helping James, they held him to the scolding hot ground. That day was 100 degrees, and the asphalt was reported to be as hot at 170 degrees. He suffered (and is still suffering this day) from severe burns and was fighting for his life for weeks after the abuse. He underwent surgery for skin grafts and is likely going to need more. Days after the incident, CHPD tried to turn around and say that James was a "suspect" for robbery. Videos have been released of the supposed "robbery" incident, which clearly shows no such thing happened.
Today, James' mom reports that he is still healing and his doctor says that it will be two years until he is healed. The burns on his body are bad; so bad that he cannot walk. His mother reports that James fell while walking the other day. He is in need of wound therapy and physical therapy -- both things that his health insurance is denying to cover, leaving James and his family to try to come up with the money to pay for his medical care. The hospital says that they believe he was burned, dragged, then burned more. He has recently been transferred from the hospital to a care facility. All of this and not a single officer from CHPD has been held accountable!!
As if this ABUSE isn't heinous by itself -- the Citrus Heights Police Department and Sacramento County District Attorney's Office are now expecting and waiting for James to turn himself in to Sacramento County Jail where he is likely going to face charges for robbery. Just so they have a reason to feel justified for abusing him! Let's be clear: James was NOT robbing anyone. This is a classic case of police abusing another black life.
Community, show up! James Nelson and his family need our help! Please donate to help pay for James' medical expenses that are not currently being covered by his health insurance: https://www.gofundme.com/james-nelson-burn-reovery
Also, have we mentioned that Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is not running for re-election!?! #ScottFree
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