Tales from death row: Justice for Rodney Reed
By: Caitlin Adams
Wars, genocide, ethnic cleansing, holocausts, inquisitions, crusades, pogroms, mass incarceration—man’s inhumanity to man seems hell bent on the annihilation of the species. At times though, I'm completely done in by the everyday inhumanities—the myriad ways we are cruel, unkind to one another when it would have been just as easy to be caring, kind.
On June 18th, Rodney passed out in the rec yard during his hour of outside recreation. A sergeant came over and was able to rouse him; he was then escorted back to his cell. Rodney takes medication for high blood pressure and after passing out, he experienced some chest pain, numbness to his left arm, radiating pain to his back and a headache. All of these symptoms were possible indicators of a life- threatening cardiac event.