But then Regalado decided that the man they put into solitary confinement for what they described as severely dangerous behavior just hours earlier, was now safe enough to be set free and have all his alleged violent crimes stricken from their records. Regalado now insists that his "very transparent" Sheriff's Office handled everything correctly, but still refuses to comply with Ziva Branstetter of the Tulsa Frontier News, when she reportedly exercised a 'freedom of information' request for jail surveillance videos pertaining to the Fulps case.
Last February, NAMI Tulsa held a candidate forum on mental health and the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Mental health advocates (including myself) pressed Regalado and the others about why the severely mentally ill are not getting prompt mental health assessments and diverted to psychiatric facilities to begin with. Regalado had some of the least informed and least assuring responses I heard.
The Voters of Tulsa County are being forced to pay for a new Mental Health wing at the county Jail. What we really need is a jail staff and deputies who really have a basic understanding of obvious signs of mental illness and how to save the taxpayers millions by moving the mentally ill to psychiatric facilities who are professionally trained to treat the underlying conditions impacting behavior.
We are witnessing a growing backlog of lawsuits against the sheriff for serious injuries and deaths arising for inept jail staff and cost-cutting measures (like shoving folks with broken spines into squad cars). Our sheriff's office has lied about training records and it's abundantly clear that they still are not trained or their training is overridden by Regalado's cost-cutting mandates.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...