Open Forum: Your thoughts on the Chamberlain Grand Jury transcripts

I could, and probably will, write a lengthy post about the horrors that have been publicly revealed with the release of the Grand Jury transcripts of the John Chamberlain death investigation. Based upon what has been revealed I am not surprised that the County and Acting Sheriff Anderson wanted those transcripts sealed.

It should not have been a surprise to the leadership of the Sheriff’s Department or the DA that “shot callers” were used in our jails by deputies to maintain control. It should not have been a surprise that supervision was lax or nonexistent. We as communities of individuals have for decades supported the “lock ’em away” attitude towads people who violate laws. What we haven’t been willing to do is pay for the results of that attitude.

We cannot ignore the reality that a society that locks people away, has the responsibity to protect the safety and welfare of both prisoners and deputies. The panacea of an Office of Internal Review would not have done anything to prevent the tragedy of John Chamberlain’s death. Nor can it prevent this tragedy from happening again.

So what are your thoughts. What do you have to say on this matter? Are you outraged, or simply bored? Speak up, or should we just continue to allow the inmates to run our jails?

  2 comments for “Open Forum: Your thoughts on the Chamberlain Grand Jury transcripts

  1. jose s.
    April 8, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    chris of course this thing will happen again it’s just a matter of time. i was in orange county jail for a short time and it was the scariest place i have ever been but not because of the inmates. the sheriffs have been and will still be out of control because they know nothing will ever happen to them. the good sheriffs will never rat out the bad sheriffs and because there isnt cameras in all locations the sheriffs can pretty much do as they wish without ever being prosecuted. look how many lawsuits are filed against the sheriffs dept. theres a reason for that. and the corruption as we all know comes from the top on down. they have never been held accountable for their actions thats why things are so out of control there. this is why inmates attack sheriffs and i’m not sorry to say when that happens i pretty much figure that sheriff probably had it coming. because just like sheriff anderson, galisky, and carona they are all animals and hopefully one day they will be forced to spend time in their own cages.

  2. RHackett
    April 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Reposted from the Galisky thread.

    I wonder if the deputy that was watching TV while Chamberlain was getting
    beaten to death is personally liable?

    Now that Chamberlain’s dad has settled with the County, I wouldn’t
    be surprised if he went after the individuals who weren’t doing their jobs.

    I’m thinking Taylor and Gallisky would be a good start.

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