Syracuse, NY -- Maparo Ramadhan was 12 when he escaped civil war in his native African country of Burundi. Police officers dragged his parents from their home and killed them, he said.
He fled to Rwanda. In 1994, a campaign of genocide chased him to a refugee camp in Tanzania for 14 years.
Political persecution, torture and murderous officers. He survived them all. It was only in a jail in Syracuse 18 months ago that he came to harm.
His upper arm broke when he resisted jailers at the Onondaga County Justice Center who tried to take him to court. The bone was sticking out of the skin. They asked a nurse to look at it.
"Yeah, it’s swollen and bruised,” the nurse told them in an exchange captured on videotape.
She put a bandage on the bleeding wound. As he moaned in agony and cried out in his native language, jailers wrapped him in a shirt and continued to wheel him to court.
The December 2008 episode left Ramadhan’s arm disabled. He’s suing the county in federal court, claiming his civil rights were violated by the county’s failure to provide competent medical care, and by the failure to provide a language interpreter. He speaks Kirundi, and jail officials contacted a Swahili interpreter.
When they act like Apes, why are these retarded niggers surprised to get their asses beaten by the cops?