Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How About "Stop Treating Him?"

  • A talented teenage basketball player unable to post bond on a low-level burglary charge ended up ingesting screws, needles, a 4-inch piece of metal and other objects while behind bars, leading the jail to spend more than $1 million in medical care on him.

    Authorities at Cook County Jail told the Chicago Tribune that the case of 17-year-old Lamont Cathey highlights the hazards of institutionalizing impressionable youths, some of whom have mental health issues.

    "This case to me is a perfect example of the failure of the criminal justice system," the jail's executive director, Cara Smith, told the newspaper. "It's been a crushingly sad and very frustrating case."
Um, how exactly did the criminal justice system fail him? Did the criminal justice system make him burglarize that building? Is the criminal justice system forcing him to eat metal objects? Did the criminal justice system deny his parents [plural] the ability to come up with bail money or his church or someone? Some prospective college recruiter couldn't come up with the dough?

Seems to us that a criminal is exactly where he belongs. And if you stop treating him for eating metal objects, the situation will sort itself out in short order. One way or the other.

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62 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you read the article, "his low level burglary arrest"... you mean burglary the class 2 felony? its not exactly a 2 rock pcs case here... you know, an actual victim was burglarized here and would like justice. I hope he eats a spring and chokes to death... win win for everyone.

5/26/2015 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am Doctor Hackenbush ...

No matter what I treat a patient for they die of something else.

Either this patient has PICA disorder or he is trying to treat himself for an iron deficiency.

I'm going to order an M.R.I. for him.

Nurse, since Patient Hannibal Lector isn't here any more put that that mask we were using on this patient.

5/26/2015 01:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

agree completely.

5/26/2015 01:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Taypayer said...

Over $1 Million in medical bills?

Sorry, but STOP treating him.

The person(s) who have the mental problems are the ones who keep signing the checks to pay the bills.

5/26/2015 01:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sterilization is a successful method of lowering costs to Taxpayers.

5/26/2015 02:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Y e a h ! You got that right SCC.

5/26/2015 05:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why?? Give the turd a shot and wave buh bye.

5/26/2015 05:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, the sheriff and his toadies keep crying that this fool cannot make bond and that is why he is still in jail. What they fail to say is that they have brought additional felony charges against the clown for damage to public property and battery on a correctional officer. So, if they truly want him to bond out, stop increasing his bail by filing additional charges.

5/26/2015 06:01:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

When I was a kid, we used to pay "Big Belly" Bertucci a quarter to swallow stuff like that. It never seemed to bother him.

5/26/2015 06:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Dart could take him home with him and put him on a Snickers diet?

5/26/2015 06:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on scc, this dude is fucked up in the head. As a former correctional officer, some guys who get locked up do indeed lose their mind. Literally. Now mind you I don't think the solution is to be warm and fuzzy. But give the guy some psychiatric treatment. And no the criminal justice system nor society failed you. You failed yourself by your actions.

5/26/2015 06:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chain the animal up in a cell, problems gone! It's a sure bet if he gets out more mayhem? What next will he be eating people? Another so called innocent in prison? Hardly! A criminal should be in jail let him out monitor mr mayhem!

5/26/2015 06:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just A Citizen Says: So now what? Are you supposed to put these fucks in a straight jacket while in the cells? Then you'd be accused of "cruel and inhumane treatment." If they want to eat nuts and bolts, like some sort of goat - then let them. And don't treat them either. Nobody forced them to eat it, just like nobody forced them to live a life of crime. When does this shit stop in this world? A civil war is going on and unless someone has the balls to actually do something about it, we are all screwed. (no pun intended)

5/26/2015 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The arresting officer must've infuced so much stress intonthis young mans life that led him to act out in such a way. Dang fighting 33.

5/26/2015 07:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was unaware of low level burglary. I always thought burglary was a class 1 felony. Which for non police the lowest felony starts class 4, 3, 2, 1 and class x being the highest. Personally i always found burglars as some of the worst criminals out there.

5/26/2015 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous 014 said...

Maybe he just didn't like the jail food?

5/26/2015 07:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've noticed all the concerns about the new uniform changes. Chasing folks, jumping fences should be something only tact and and gangs guys should be doing. The regular beat officer? He should just do his beat jobs.

5/26/2015 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With economics like that, Dart should post bail himself and boot this "promising" youth out to fulfill his destiny.

5/26/2015 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take away his family's LINK card and force them to pay (even a little) of that astronomical-as-hell medical bill (that we the taxpayers are footing).

--No Cop Here

5/26/2015 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop treating this poor misguided lad? Perish the thought of a government agency refusing to save some turd from him or herself.

5/26/2015 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

>>>>>> 'A talented teenage basketball player unable to post bond on a low-level burglary charge ended up ingesting screws, needles, a 4-inch piece of metal and other objects while behind bars, ~~~snip ~~~~ ... included a thumbtack, strips of leather and even parts of a medical device he had dismantled.

It's only when a plea deal that was supposed to let him attend a boot camp fell through last year that he began swallowing objects. ~~~snip~~~ "He's literally eating the jail," Smith said.

Cathey piled up other charges while at the jail, including allegedly shoving a guard. .... Cathey had been in trouble before. He was arrested more than a dozen times as a juvenile...

"This case to me is a perfect example of the failure of the criminal justice system," the jail's executive director, Cara Smith, told the newspaper.
<<<<<

First off, yeah Mzzzzz Cara Smith, he is an example of the failure of the criminal justice system --- He never should have been out on the Street! Juvenile or not, he's a Career Criminal!!

Secondly, what's up with all these Hood Rats eating crap that's not meant to be eaten, like Lead Paint! I'll bet he's snacked on that many times Hell, maybe that's why he started eating all this other stuff, he missed his Lead Paint snacks -- Yeah, I have zero sympathy for these morons. Where I grew up we had Lead Paint on the walls and I never ate the f--king stuff!! Neither did any of the other kids. We had asbestos on the pipes in the basement too, another thing we DIDN'T EAT!

Lastly, who cares if he played Basketball! Why is that always goddamn mentioned, it's irrelevant.

5/26/2015 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Straight Jacket would solve that problem.

5/26/2015 09:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Dart should bring him home and make him feel loved.

He can have the wife make a bed for him, feed him, and maybe give him a bath. They can put this guy and the "Snickers Bar Bandit" that he shed so many tears for in bunk beds.

You guys realize that all of these stories out of Crook County Jail are designed to soften up the mushy, pus head, white voters for a mass release, don't you?

5/26/2015 09:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This kid is just a parasite! What an A-Hole!

5/26/2015 09:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A tactical officer works from sun to sun but a beat officer's job is never done.

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I've noticed all the concerns about the new uniform changes. Chasing folks, jumping fences should be something only tact and and gangs guys should be doing. The regular beat officer? He should just do his beat jobs.

5/26/2015 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is a gentle giant. 6'5", 290 lbs. a habitual their, burglar and car thief. He fights anybody that tells him no. If dart is so worried about this monster, then dart can bring him home so he can share a bedroom with his kids.

5/26/2015 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the guy is obviously screwed up, but I don't see how letting him out is the answer unless it is to let him out to a mental ward where he is locked up.

5/26/2015 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he has an iron deficiency. Lol!

5/26/2015 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a reason we had asylums back in the day you frickin libs!!!!

5/26/2015 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sentenced this pos to Pontiac Correctional Center end of story!

5/26/2015 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They fail to mention that the future basketball player/brain surgeon/rapper was already given house arrest AFTER a bunch of jail cases. Including fighting with jail officers! Honor student gets home and fucks that up within days, and acts a fool when the house arrest guys arrest him, and continues to throw shit, piss, and other savage type stuff when he's brought back to county. Guys like this need to be taken out back and have a bullet put into their skull.

5/26/2015 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sedate him, this is not a drug free society

5/26/2015 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cara Smith you don't know anything about Jailing. This inmate has been a asshole for all the months he has been locked up. He acts out when he doesn't get his way.You had him placed on EM And he lasted less than 8 hrs before his family called and stated that he was acting like a asshole. You along with his Attorneys from Northwestern law School have catered to this asshole. At a cost of a million Dollars. Tell the news about the future pending lawsuit that North Western Law School is filing for FAILURE TO PROTECT. Cara Smith go back were you came from Lisa Madigan Legal Advisor

5/26/2015 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I am Doctor Hackenbush ...



The same Doctor Hackenbush from the Marx Brothers? I thought you were a Vet.

5/26/2015 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Corrections Officer who commented before is on the right track. This sounds like a disorder called pica. The problem is the kid needs treatment AND be locked up for the burglaries. No excuses there. It seems like there's no easy answers.

http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-pica

5/26/2015 01:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama care in action. I bet that his co-pay is lower then yours.

5/26/2015 02:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite part of this article is that his family apparently is somehow blaming the jail for this. His family didn't go to his basketball games. His father wasn't around. Apparently neither was his momma. He failed on electronic home monitoring. Maybe, just maybe, it's the kid's fault and the fault of his family. Nah.

5/26/2015 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous I Gets A Check Cuz I Gots A Bad Temper Ossifuh said...

Crazy, given the right set of circumstances, CAN be a self-solving problem...

Wanting to snatch and redistribute Police pensions but keep THIS shit going because Policemen
and other upright tax paying citizens don't run around looting and setting shit on fire
when things don't go their way.

It's ok for a crazy criminal shithead to soak the taxpayers for a cool million
but ignorant m/fers feel free and easy about walking/driving by and yelling dumb shit
at a Policeman about not looking busy enough to justify his pay?

As days go by... That nagging feeling of having possibly stood in the wrong line all
those years ago.

5/26/2015 04:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who allowed sheriff Dart and his girl Cara Smith to release so much medical info on this guy? What happened to the HIPPA laws. Maybe the poor dude can bond out after he sues the county for this medical record violation.

5/26/2015 04:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Paul Kersey said...

He likes to eat metal?

Feed him some lead.

5/26/2015 04:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is this news? Feed him what he wants screws,scrap who cares, if something happens soon we give him the "dirt nap" he desires, its better than letting this animal out to prey on innocents! Who cares?? Lest "save taxpayers money, maybe preckwinkle could invite this moron to her house to help move him up!

5/26/2015 04:54:00 PM  
Anonymous CPS 38+ said...

Anonymous said:
Sterilization is a successful method....

Our school Officer used to say, " He should be melted down and re-fucked."

5/26/2015 05:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like your approach. This mf wants to turn into a human metal scrap yard processing plant? Fuck it, let him. Save the taxpayers the expense.

5/26/2015 05:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of rapists have multiple burglaries in their background. I think there is quite a bit more to this dude's story.

5/26/2015 05:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drop a can of D-Con in his cell.

Eat up sport!

5/26/2015 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Id say woodchipper, but he'd dull the blades.

5/26/2015 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This hood rat pretended to hang himself in lockup and then when the detective tried to do a line up for some robberies he smeared shit on himself.

5/26/2015 07:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I am Doctor Hackenbush ...

,

The same Doctor Hackenbush from the Marx Brothers? I thought you were a Vet.

5/26/2015 12:47:00 PM

Why I'd horsewhip you, if I had a horse.

Now let me see. Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.

5/26/2015 09:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Arthur Bishop said...

If Obama had a son,...he'd be grocery shopping at a hardware store, BWAAAHHAAAAAAAA

5/26/2015 10:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people will do anything for an
I-Bond!

5/26/2015 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what would happen if he were to walk by a giant magnet?

5/26/2015 11:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Obama care in action. I bet that his co-pay is lower then yours.

5/26/2015 02:36:00 PM

Now THAT really hurts
And it's very likely true.

5/27/2015 01:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shoot him up with Prozac until he's laying on the ground drooling.

5/27/2015 08:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By failing him I think she means not receiving the Mental health treatment he needs. Assuming of course he isn't staging all this.

5/27/2015 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>Anonymous said...
I wonder what would happen if he were to walk by a giant magnet?

5/26/2015 11:17:00 PM<<<

I concur with Dr. Hackenbush, set him up with an M.R.I..
(Magnetic Resonance Imaging.)

5/27/2015 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Hackenbush again...

That's it! That is what happened in the Commander Evans incident. The offender has PICA disorder and was trying to eat the Commander's' gun. He said he preferred the taste of stainless steel over blue steel.

I treated a patient for PICA Disorder one time. Over a period of years he consumed an entire Chevy short block six-cylinder. After some consultation he slapped himself in the forehead and said.....


"WOW! I could-a had a V-Eight!"


Stay Safe. You knew that was coming.

5/27/2015 04:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This case to me is a perfect example of the failure of the criminal justice system," the jail's executive director, Cara Smith, told the newspaper. She must mean, "...example of the failure of the Cook County jail system". Why do they have loose metal objects, sharp objects like screws, etc., accessible to inmates? And where is their supervision? A Class 1 felony is hardly a "low level" crime. Any idiot, even one who works for the admin at Cook County, should know that, right?

5/27/2015 08:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC called this one Right-On (as usual)!

Seems to us that a criminal is exactly where he belongs. And if you stop treating him for eating metal objects, the situation will sort itself out in short order. One way or the other. Since he doesn't pay for medical treatment for self-inflicted issues, I see nothing wrong with allowing his self-inflicted issues to go untreated. He caused them voluntarily!

That said: Hey, Dart, you bumbling Liberal, why haven't you fitted him for a Hanibal Lecter mask? Why hasn't he been chained down? Why assign a full-time guard when there are less costly methods available?

Tom Dart is wasting our tax money.

5/27/2015 11:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I bake him a cake with a file in it and send to him at CCJ?

5/28/2015 12:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Maybe Dart could take him home with him and put him on a Snickers diet?

5/26/2015 06:36:00 AM

Snickers... with nuts
and bolts, maybe some razor blades.

5/28/2015 01:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Porgy Tirebiter said...

"Now let me see. Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped."

5/26/2015 09:30:00 PM

"Hi!

"I'm not a doctor, but I do look like one, and I'm here to tell you about..."

(Firesign Theater)

5/28/2015 03:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh -- did he make a habit of noshing on metal fragments BEFORE he was jailed?

That's what I thought.

File under "Crazy Like A Fox."

5/28/2015 09:00:00 PM  

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