December 3, 2004
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
The Honorable Charles Ramsey
Chief of Police of the District of Columbia
300 Indiana Avenue, NW
telephone: 202 727 4218
Dear Chief Ramsey:
Enclosed for the information of the Office of Chief of Police is a copy of recent correspondence I have had with the Office of State's Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland. The correspondence is indirectly related to a police enforcement action undertaken by the Metro DC Police (Second District) on April 21, 2004.
On April 21, 2004 the branch librarian and his associate at the Cleveland Park division of the DC Public Library, located at 3310 Macomb Street, NW, summoned the police to have me escorted from the library. The police agreed to enforce a request made by the branch librarian that I be banned from access to the library for the next six months (until October 21, 2004). The branch librarian had obtained a copy of an undelivered letter I had written in which I disclosed that I was not taking medication that had been prescribed by my psychiatrist. The branch librarian, as alleged to the police, had formed serious concerns about my mental health and stability that warranted a ban on my access to the library for reasons of public safety. The police (Officer J.E. Williams, Badge 1226, Second District and his partner) reviewed the letter and determined that the writing did not contain an unlawful threat. However, the police agreed to enforce the branch librarian's requested ban, and proceeded to escort me from the library.
Ironically, as the enclosed correspondence with the State's Attorney for Montgomery County shows, were I to bill a private insurer for the very medication that I failed to take in April 2004 -- which resulted in police enforcement action against me -- I might conceivably subject myself to prosecution for criminal fraud.
May I respectfully ask the Office of Chief of Police: Don't the Metro DC Police have better things to do than to ban a district resident from access to a public facility (namely, the DC Public Library) simply because that resident has lawfully failed to perform an act, namely, take medication, the billing of which to a private insurer might conceivably subject that resident to prosecution for criminal fraud?
May I inquire: When was the last time you, Chief Ramsey, had to consult an attorney before you applied for routine medical insurance coverage? When was the last time you had to consult an attorney before you filed for insurance reimbursement for a routine medical claim? There is something horribly wrong going on in my case.
Gary Freedman, Esq.