***URGENT! CALL IN and get Chrishaun McDonald OUT OF SOLITARY!***
On September 16th, Chrishaun McDonald (who is falsely accused of murder after having been violently assaulted for her gender and race*) was put in solitary confinement in the Hennepin County Jail, for no clear reason. Solitary confinement is cruel and inhumane, and we are demanding that Chrishaun be released immediately!
We are asking people to CALL THE JAIL and politely demand that Chrishaun “CeCe” Mcdonald be moved back to the psychiatric unit, where she was held without incident until last week. We are also asking people to call every day UNTIL SHE IS RELEASED FROM SOLITARY. Call the jail and tell them (politely) that you have been following this case and you are concerned about Chrishaun’s treatment in jail and want her to be transferred as soon as possible.
**THE JAIL NUMBER IS: 612-348-5112.**
Remember: it is important that you be firm but POLITE when you call. The goal of this call-in is to pressure Hennepin County Jail to respect Cece’s dignity; agitating her jailers could make things worse for her.
*On the morning of June 5th around 12:30, CeCe and four of her friends (all of them black) were on their way to Cub Foods to get some food. As they walked past Schooner’s Bar at 29th St. E. and 27th Ave. S., a man and two women (all of them white) began to yell epithets at them. They called CeCe and her friends faggots, niggers, and chicks with dicks, and suggested that CeCe was dressed as a woman in order to rape the man (whom we know to be Dean Schmitz). As they were talking, one of the women started taking off her jacket. She smashed her drink into the side of CeCe’s face–lacerating her salivary gland and stinging her eyes with liquor. A fight ensued, with more people joining in. What happened during the fight is unclear, but within a few minutes Dean Schmitz had been stabbed.
CeCe was arrested that night, denied adequate medical care, interrogated for hours, and then kept in solitary confinement for a month. According to the jail, this was “for her own protection,” though CeCe had no say in this matter herself. After a month, she was released into the psych ward, where she remained until September 16th.