January 19, 2011
TO: Senator Loni Hancock, California 9th
1515 Clay St., Suite 2202
Oakland, CA 94612
FROM: Roland E. Angle, Constituent
870 Walnut St.
Alameda, CA 94501
RE: Illegal forced drugging of inmates in state mental hospitals and cover-up of
Dear Senator Hancock:
Thank you for arranging a meeting today with your staff member, Martha Toscano.
Along with this letter, I am submitting to Ms. Toscano a copy of a FEPTOPP letter
mailed yesterday to Attorney General Kamala Harris, detailing the results of many
months of research into the torture and abuse of inmates in the Department of Mental
Health (DMH) state hospital system. Further research needs to be undertaken, and the
full facts brought to light in the pursuit of justice in this matter. That is why we propose
that only a state Grand Jury will be able to overcome the resistance evident in the refusal
of existing state and county agencies to investigate the charges we are making.
I am asking that you, personally, as my elected state senator, take these concerns to the
legislature and enact legislation that will address them. Specifically, I am asking:
(1) That you write a letter to Attorney General Harris urging her to form a Grand
Jury to investigate these serious charges in a timely fashion;
(2) That you follow through to ensure that the criminals who have perpetrated these
acts are brought to justice under the law;
(3) That you inform your fellow committee members on the standing committees
you sit on in the senate of these facts and allegations, specifically the PUBLIC
SAFETY COMMITTEE and the JUDICIAL COMMITTEE;
(4) That you assume a leadership role in the revision of both the Mentally Disordered
Offender Law (P.C. 2960-2982) and the Lanterman-Petris-Short Law (W&IC
6600 et. Seq.) in order to bring them into compliance with constitutional rights
enjoyed by all United States citizens.
We have compiled evidence to back up our assertions that DMH and various county
officials are routinely breaking the law and covering up the crimes. We believe further
evidence is to be found in public records waiting to be uncovered by a Grand Jury with
subpoena powers. We urgently need your leadership to push these matters forward into
the public and political arenas that are the forums necessary to address these egregious
violations of the law, as well as the faults with the laws themselves.
This is just the beginning of a process. We hope you understand the importance and
necessity of moving forward with all urgency to address our concerns.
We are ready to contribute our research and information to help begin that process, but
we understand that we confront powerful entrenched interests who have good reason to
hide their ongoing transgressions. We need the power and commitment of our elected
officials to bring this process to a successful conclusion.
Please agree to meet further with us and stay in contact with FEPTOPP as you begin this
process. We believe we have an important contribution to make to this process.
Roland E. Angle
ENCL: Copy of FEPTOPP letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris, dated
January 11, 2011, with attachments.