Excerpts from the Declaration of Ely Nurse Lorraine Memory

Taken over from: Make the Walls Transparent

“My name is Lorraine Memory. … I am a registered nurse, licensed by the state of Nevada. I am also employed by the state of Nevada as a registered nurse at Ely State Prison. I am making this declaration because I believe that the medical care provided by the state of Nevada at the Ely State Prison falls below the standard of care mandated by the state medical licensing requirements and, further, that the health and safety of the individuals incarcerated or working at Ely State Prison has been and is endangered. …

“Dr. (Steven) McArthur and Warden E.K. McDaniel are indifferent to the medical needs of every inmate. I believe that most of Dr. McArthur’s medical decisions were made based upon the costs of treatment. Indeed, Dr. McArthur has bragged on many occasions about the amount of money he saved the prison system. …

“Dr. McArthur did not treat Mr. Lisle’s cardiac condition. I believe I know the reason behind this. There was another death row inmate who suffered a stroke and Dr. McArthur saved his life. Dr. McArthur told me that Warden McDaniel jumped on him and asked him why he did this. Warden McDaniel told Dr. McArthur that we are not to save a death row inmate’s life. Once this occurred, Dr. McArthur essentially stopped anything more than rudimentary care for death row inmates. …

Warden McDaniel told Dr. McArthur that we are not to save a death row inmate’s life.

“I believe another reason for Dr. McArthur’s actions is that he is unable to interpret lab results. … Dr. McArthur never attempted to diagnose a skin condition. … (To save money), inmates did not receive x-rays. … (N)o hepatitis testing is allowed … (B)y overruling the orders of a medical professional, I believe that Warden McDaniel is practicing medicine without a license. … (I)nability to have medical visits has persisted for a period in excess of eight weeks. …

“I believe that Dr. McArthur does not have the training or experience necessary to treat the inmates at Ely State Prison. Moreover, I do not believe that Dr. McArthur wanted to provide adequate medical care to the inmates. Based upon my observations of Dr. McArthur’s actions and statements, I believe Dr. McArthur to be racist and, in some cases, sadistic. I have heard Dr. McArthur call African American inmates ‘nigger,’ ‘nigger pussy,’ ‘Black motherfucker,’ and ‘Black son of a bitch’ to their faces. I have observed Dr. McArthur bait inmates into verbal confrontations to avoid treating them – through the use of similar racial slurs. …

“(H)e often discontinued medication for an inmate whenever the inmate responded to Dr. McArthur’s verbal provocation. In reality, Dr. McArthur discontinued life saving medication such as insulin which may have caused the early demise of some of our patients. …

I have heard Dr. McArthur call African American inmates ‘nigger,’ ‘nigger pussy,’ ‘Black motherfucker,’ and ‘Black son of a bitch’ to their faces. I have observed Dr. McArthur bait inmates into verbal confrontations to avoid treating them.

“I believe that Dr. McArthur wants to punish some of the inmates. He has said so. Moreover, Dr. McArthur specifically stated in my presence that he wanted to ‘kill every one of you mother fuckin’ Muslims in this country and not let any more of you in here.’ On another occasion Dr. McArthur stated to me he was ‘sick and tired of dealing with all these whiney people – I wish I could have been a hit man for the Mafia.”

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