Miss. Woman’s Lawsuit Claims Police Revenge Led to Miscarriage of Twins

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When Glennese Smith Scott, 33, of Natchez, Mississippi reported deputies at the Adams County Jail for mistreatment of inmates in 2003, she was speaking out against injustice and trying to raise awareness of the inhumane conditions that many African-American inmates face in a legal system riddled with racial disparities.

But in trying to give voice to the voiceless in a small town arguably still entrenched Mississippi’s “Good ole’ Boy” system, Scott claims that she found herself simultaneously cast as criminal and victim to one of the most heart-wrenching tragedies that can befall a woman –  and has been met with a brick wall of silence and bureaucracy ever since.

On November 2, 2003, she was allegedly told by law enforcement officers that she was a fugitive from justice – stemming from a shoplifting charge in Louisiana – and subsequently arrested and detained for seventeen days by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.

Complaining of feeling ill to officers on duty, and eventually writing a letter to the captain on duty explaining that she might be pregnant, Scott says that she was consistently ignored and forced to suffer behind bars for weeks. It wasn’t until November 18, 2003, the day that Scott claims to have fallen unconscious after complaining of dizziness and weakness, that the Adams County Sheriff’s Department was forced to pay attention.

But her nightmare was just beginning.

“When I came to I was being handcuffed and my ankles were in restraints,” Scott recalls in a haunted voice throbbing with anger. “And I was driven by deputies in a police car to Natchez Regional Medical Center.


“During my visit to the emergency room, I found out that I was in fact pregnant with twins and I was told that I was threatening a miscarriage and I had a urinary tract infection. I was later released from the hospital back to the Adams County Sheriff’s Department. I was told  a couple hours after returning to the jail that I was free to go home.

“On December 2, 2003, less than two weeks of being released from the jail I miscarried both babies one on the way to the hospital and the other at the hospital.”

While working to mend her reputation, left in tatters after the false fugitive charges were published in the local newspaper, Scott has never stopped seeking justice for herself and for her unborn children. But the road, paved with racism and cronyism, has not been easy.

For close to 10 years, Scott navigated through a revolving door of attorneys balanced precariously on the slow-moving wheels of justice. She claims that one firm even stated that it was a conflict of interest with the state of Mississippi for them to handle her case. It seemed as if all hope was lost until Attorney Martin Perkins of Jackson, MS, agreed to take her on as a client. Perkins immediately filed the appropriate documentation and got a trial date set for September 16, 2013; but earlier this month, he received an unexpected letter and the events that followed may have damaged an already fragile case.

Allegedly given only 2 days notice, Perkins was told to appear in court on April 2, 2013. According to Scott, it was only upon his arrival that Perkins realized that the appearance was pivotal to the case and her presence was required. Once it became clear that she was not there, and without a shred of evidence, Scott claims that Judge Lily Blackmon Sanders dismissed the case.

Scott, now a published author and social worker with her Master’s Degree in Counseling, has continuously tried to view the court transcript, but claims that her case file has not been updated to reflect that a hearing even occurred – and that she has been consistently rebuffed when she calls for answers.

“So much has gone wrong with this case,” said a justifiably frustrated Scott. “I have a written statement from Sheriff Ronny Brown himself stating that I had never been arrested by his agency. Where did my arrest record disappear to and why? I have supporting documents of all these allegations but a lot of unanswered questions. This is a small town where the majority rules, I reported some law officers who I saw mistreating inmates and this is the thanks I get. I get arrested, my reputation is ruined, I lost two children, and I can’t get an answer as to why this was done to me.

“I feel that no matter who I turn to in Natchez I will always get the door slammed in my face because I am outspoken and do care about how the citizens of Natchez are being treated,” Scott continued.

Scott is not alone in having to fight for her dignity in a legal system where that fundamental right should be guaranteed.

According to the extensive and illuminating report, “Pregnant Women Inmates: Evaluating Their Rights And Identifying Opportunities For Improvements In Their Treatment,” in the Journal For Law and Health, pregnant women, particularly African-American pregnant women, are extremely underserved and Scott’s devastating loss is not uncommon:

“The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has the most comprehensive standards for the treatment of pregnant women, their standards do not address the  needs of incarcerated women,” according to Barry, while guidelines for their care

provided by National Commission on Correctional Health Care are vague. Although the needs of pregnant women have long been apparent to those who incarcerate them, these women remain ignored in some facilities resulting in unnecessary abuse and in harm—occasionally fatal, perhaps preventable—to their babies.

In November 2011, ACOG, a professional organization of medical doctors specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology, published its Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women Committee Opinion, Health Care for Pregnant and Postpartum Incarcerated Women, reports ACLU.org. In this opinion, ACOG clearly states:

“The use of restraints on pregnant incarcerated women and adolescents may not only compromise health care but is demeaning and rarely necessary.”


In addition to explaining the medical risks of restraining pregnant inmates, the ACOG also opines that women should be “assessed for pregnancy risks at intake.” Undoubtedly, to avoid being restrained in the first place and placing their unborn children’s lives at risk – and so that jails and prisons can avoid legal action being taking against them.

In light of the negligent and dehumanizing way that Scott claims that she was treated, it should come as no surprise that of all the states listed on the ACLU’s website, Mississippi is one of the scant few that have no policies and laws listed pertaining to their treatment of pregnant women.

But Scott, armed with documentation and conviction, is not giving up.

I need answers at this point and it’s not about the money, it’s about justice being served,” she said with a focused calm born from battling the justice system for close to a decade. “I am a citizen of the United States and I do have rights.”

 

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68 Responses to Miss. Woman’s Lawsuit Claims Police Revenge Led to Miscarriage of Twins

  1. The comment under Glennese Scott’s name is the comment i left. I read the article on her phone and left the comment because i fully support her, however it showed up under her name. The comment still stands i just wanted it under my name since it was my thought!

    i am love
    April 24, 2013 at 12:21 am
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  3. Please read this thoroughly…SHE DID NOT COMMIT THE CRIME!! Her arrest record disappeared!! And frankly, whether she did a crime or not it is still not right to do a person like that. Sometimes people should try some empathy. What if it happened to you? Your sister, friend, cousin, mother…anyone you knew. Glennese Scott needs more support. I am from Mississippi and I know what it is like. The justice system severely needs to be investigated. There’s a few things should be addressed. For example…In Hattiesburg, an individual can go the police department and file charges saying you did something to him/her, bringing in friends/family that will lie on her behalf. Next thing you know you have a warrant for your arrest. With no real proof, you have to pay to be bonded out. Just an example of how ridiculous Mississippi can be. I’m spreading the word. And I would like more information about this incident.

    DLindsey
    April 25, 2013 at 3:43 am
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  4. Those racist people in Mississippi are beyond hope. They have mentally ill souls. It’s as though they don’t know how to be human beings and join the rest of humanity.

    Ms. Scott, you have my support in any way I can help. I think the suggestion by Karen above to start a petition is a good way to go National and get people to support her fight.

    Barbara
    April 25, 2013 at 4:30 am
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  5. This incident occurred in Natchez, Mississippi which is the home of Alcorn State University (a HBCU) and a city population wherein Blacks hold a simple majority. It is obvious to me that Ms. Scott’s biggest problem is the inertia and oblivion exhibited by the Black citizens of Natchez.
    When we as a Black people again become a political force to reckon with, our citizens will see a lot less abuse and a lot more respect from the so-called “justice system” and from others. Until then, we all may as well continue to turn our butts around so that everyone can keep kicking ‘em!

    J. D. Hill
    April 25, 2013 at 4:30 am
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    • Great comment!

      Carol
      April 25, 2013 at 3:48 pm
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  6. Business as Usual, this is typical Mississippi for you. So knowing what we know about the Unjust practices, policies, and treatment of the White law enforcement officers and administration, then we got to stop talking, and move to action. I am the vice president of the Mississippi Chapter of National Action Network and I need everyone to pass on and spread the word about what happened to Ms. Scott and everyone that commented on this story should take the first step in contacting me at 1800-677-1105 to be apart of the plan to help get justice for Ms, Scott and other Mississippi citizens who are mistreated by this racist so-called legal system everyday. It is time that we unite and stop this constant police misconduct on our African American people who continue to be treated less than white citizens, and this is a true fact. Talk is cheap, Action speaks louder than words. There is strength in number, so get in engaged, get involved and get in the action for justice. Contact Me immediately. Remember, No Justice! No Peace!

    NAN
    April 25, 2013 at 4:48 am
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  7. My opinion ms Scott get in touch with the attorney general office Eric holder NAACP ACLU rev al action network get the outside media such as msnbc or CNN to tell your story urban edge petitions and get the black churches involve nation of Islam min Farrakhan u raise alot of hell these people will help the Lord is behind u 100 percent believe me u will win this battle and u will be the one wearing the crown stay in this race don’t give up remember Jesus never gave into Satan. On the mountain instead he laid his life down for us he suffer on that cross for us he didn’t give up on us don’t give up

    Lang
    April 25, 2013 at 10:34 am
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  8. This is why it is known as the Dirty South,I lived there all of my Youth,the Necks in the South stick closely together no matter what,the Ignorance among them is frightful,now they are being Shipped out to other Police Agencies across America,beware there could be some in your Neighborhood.

    al williams
    April 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm
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  9. But the law says it would have been fine for her to have aborted those babies. So, which are they? Babies or blobs of tissue which are products of conception? Society doesn’t get to have it both ways.

    Kerri
    April 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm
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  10. When such cases against public officials are not investigated by the Justice Department, it becomes obvious that corruption is interrelated by local, state and federal governments. The American people must understand that we control the U.S. Government while also having a willingness to take the fight to the streets to keep such a paranoid, distrustful government from controlling us.

    James Sandefur III
    April 25, 2013 at 8:52 pm
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  11. To Dc Price : Obviously, you have NO clue. What living in the South is like, for African-Americans and mixed nationalities. Also, you didn’t read the article completely.What I suggest to you, and other misinformed people….. is this. Live in Ms. for a year or two.Whether it be the Delta,Central, or the Coast. And discover firsthand… Southern injustice.

    Larry Anderson
    April 26, 2013 at 3:44 am
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  12. First, thing you do NOW….File a complaint with The United States Department of Justice, Evidence was “Fabricated” against you, Under United States Code Title 17, Section 249…fabrication of evidence is a Civil Rights Violation under the Color of Law Statues…..send a copy of your complaint to Attorney General Eric Holder at The Justice Department in Washington, D.C., next in your complaint ask an FBI Investigation into the matter, if no response on the complaint the first time ,then file the same complaint a second time, The FBI will and must investigate (I have relatives who work in the Justice Department)on a second tier complaint investigate the complaint. One thing “Police don’t want the FBI asking them questions about “Color of Law” violations…..I deal with this on behalf of people in Houston, Texas everyday……most of the evidence against the poor is “fabricated” and hence the systematic violation of their civil rights…which is a Federal Crime…

    Khalid A. Mahdi Candidate For The JD...
    April 26, 2013 at 5:11 am
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  13. Glennese, you have endured so much. You are a strong black woman and I applaud everything that you are doing. Keep your head up and never give up on what you believe. I support you 100% and then some. I’m here.

    R. P. Smith
    May 1, 2013 at 4:40 am
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  14. I want let her that she is blessed ,they could killed her,,FLORIDA is even worsen,I love talk to her,,,email.

    daron
    May 6, 2013 at 7:57 am
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