TAKE ACTION FOR ERIC KING!
TAKE ACTION FOR ERIC KING!
Message from Eric King on April 3, 2022: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt0m8Hj1W0U
Within days of winning a federal court case in Colorado against his treatment at the hands of the Federal Bureau of Prisons staff, Eric is in the process of being transferred to USP Lee, a high security prison across the country in Virginia. Eric, who should be placed at a medium security facility, reasonably fears that this move is punitive and that at Lee he will lose access to reading materials and, more importantly, his ability to communicate with his loved ones.
Eric King needs our help!
Elements in the BOP have already shown their petty desire for vengeance against Eric through multiple instances of him being moved across the country, pitted against racist prisoners, beaten by guards and suffering years of mail, phone, visitation and book bans. During the trial, Eric’s safety and health were disrupted and property for his case destroyed by BOP staff so blatantly that Judge Martinez noted that it would be far reaching to say the disruptiveness wasn’t intentional on the part of the BOP. The judge also noted that the BOP was setting itself up for a civil suit, which is currently underway by the CLDC.
In the meantime, Eric needs our help. As Eric isn’t set for release until December of 2023, we need to keep the light on him to avoid EK being isolated and further harmed. Below you’ll find a script and contact information for public officials in the Federal system who must be pressed to check in Eric’s well being and demand to know:
Why is Eric King, who is at a medium level according to the BOP, being moved to a high security facility across the country?;
Why is this move coming so quickly after Eric successfully won a lawsuit showing that the BOP was closing ranks to set Eric up for 20 years of additional prison as he approaches his out time?;
What will you, as a public official, do to challenge the impunity of the federal prisons to persecute prisoners and violate their human rights?
Designation & Sentence Computation Center
U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Complex
346 Marine Forces Dr.
Grand Prairie, TX 75051
Mid-Atlantic BOP Regional Office
302 Sentinel Dr.
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701
BOP National Office
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Virginia Senators to Contact
231 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
PHONE: (202) 224-4024
Mark. R Warner
703 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
DRAFT MESSAGES / TEMPLATES
Hello Senator _____,
I am writing about my friend who is a prisoner in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. His name is Eric King, inmate number 27090-045. He was recently found not guilty on all counts at a trial in the U.S. District of Colorado. Eric was moved from FCI Englewood and is currently being held in a private facility, Grady County Jail in Oklahoma. He has been told he is en route to USP Lee, a maximum security prison in Virginia.
I am writing because I believe Eric should not be sent to USP Lee, and would be in danger if he were sent there. He is scheduled to be released from prison in December 2023, and wants to avoid anything that would infringe on this release date.
There is an active threat against his life. A few years ago, before being sent to Colorado, Eric was held in the Segregation Unit at USP Lee for approximately two weeks. Before that, at USP Atlanta, a white supremacist gang member told him he would be killed at USP Lee if he was released into general population. This was documented at USP Lee.
It is imperative that Eric not be put in harm’s way. I am asking that you not send him into a situation that is so dangerous. The Bureau of Prisons knows this and there is established case law regarding the BOP sending someone into dangerous and life threatening scenarios. See Fitzharris v. Wolf, 702 F.2d 836, 839 (9th Cir. 1983); Gullatte v. Potts, 654 F.2d 1007, 1012-13 (5th Cir. 1981); Roba v. U.S., 604 F.2d 215, 218-19 (2d Cir. 1979).
Additionally, Eric is in this situation because of a bogus maximum management variable on his security profile. This has him erroneously being sent to a facility beyond his actual security level. He has no pending charges and no incident reports. He intends to be released to Colorado to live with his wife and his two children in just over a year. I ask that this management variable be removed so that he can be sent to a medium- or low-custody prison close to home and begin preparing for release.
I am afraid for my friend Eric’s life if he is sent to USP Lee and I am asking that you intervene with the Bureau of Prisons and ask them not to send Eric King into harm’s way by sending him to USP Lee.
Eric is represented by the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC): Lauren, Sara, and Sandy. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org, respectfully. If you would like to give them a call please use the CLDC number: 541-687-9180.
Please help my friend.
If additional info helps you with conversations or if you would like some responses to BOP pushback here is some additional info
Talking points in response to questions or pushback
The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) may give a response saying that Eric is a maximum custody prisoner with a vast disciplinary record, and therefore needs to be designated for imprisonment at a maximum facility to be held in segregation with his communication strictly limited.
Per the BOP response to Colorado Senator Michael Bennett inquiry (3 separate inquiries in total)
Eric is being held indefinitely in segregation (currently for 3 years 9 months total) because of these three things:
“Mr. King is currently pending prosecution for assaulting a Lieutenant at FCC Colorado”
3/21/22 ERIC KING FOUND NOT GUILTY; ACQUITTED
“Mr King is a maximum security level inmate”
The only reason Eric is designated as a maximum security prisoner is due to the BOP giving Eric a disciplinary write-up for the incident that he was acquitted for in March 2022. The truth is when his life changed the day he was grabbed into a broom closet by the Lieutenant, he was a mere week away from his ‘case management evaluation’ where he was going to be placed in a low security prison. Even with the 3-month period of torture when the pandemic hit where he accrued a number of disciplinary infractions, he still is at a medium/almost low point level of security.
“Inmate King has received over 20 disciplinary infractions for the past 2 years”
In fact, Eric has not had a disciplinary infraction in almost 2 years. There was a period of time that began in March 2020 when the BOP shut down visits and began to wage war: Everyone across FCI Englewood prison and in the segregation unit was allowed to conduct their visitations over the phone due to the federal government passing the CARES Act. However, Eric was not allowed any visitation, mail, magazines, newspapers, or any news of the outside world. He found himself suddenly with no communication with his family and terrified. Through March and April 2020, the Bureau of Prisons rejected over 30 pieces of mail between him and his wife for erroneous reasons; all BOP has to do is check a box for rejection slips. Then June of 2020, BOP refused to investigate an officer that attempted to assault him, the same officer who authored most of the disciplinary write-ups, an officer who then went on to take him into the showers handcuffed and break his head open. The assault was so blatant that they couldn’t even attempt to charge Eric in their own disciplinary system. The officer that wrote the majority of Eric’s disciplinary write-ups tried to kill him in June of 2020. https://supportericking.org/2020/06/24/eric-assaulted-by-guard-at-fci-en...
LET'S GET BUSY MAKING THOSE PHONE CALLS, SENDING FAXES, EMAILS, TWEETS, ETC. ERIC IS COUNTING ON US!