Robert Daniels the 27 year oldÂ tuberculosis patient held for months in aÂ roomÂ draped to block out the sunÂ and denied appropriateÂ treatmentÂ by sheriff Joe Arpaio. Until mountingÂ National media pressure forcedÂ county health officials to allow travel for medicalÂ treatment in Colorado hasÂ fled to Russia, unable to â€œtake the abuseâ€ any more, his lawyer reported.
Declared by Maricopa countyÂ ArizonaÂ health officialsÂ to be suffering from a deadly drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis Sheriff Arpaio placed himÂ in solitary confinement in a Maricopa county jail ward in August 2006.
Local officialsÂ often displayed aÂ Jim Crow style attitude, When Daniels plightÂ began filtering into the Blog and counter culture media. Internet journalists began questioningÂ the sheriffsÂ brutal treatmentÂ of the Russia National.Â
Daniels who facedÂ becoming one of many inÂ a long list of inmates who dieÂ while in the Sheriffâ€™s custody.Â Avoided a lingering death whenÂ the national media attention focusedÂ on an AtlantaÂ lawyer suffering a similar condition.
Fearing theÂ potential of losing another multimillion dollar lawsuitÂ related to theÂ sheriffs ongoing pattern ofÂ human rights violations. TheÂ county over the sheriffs objection permitted Daniels to travel under armed guardÂ to ColoradoÂ for medical treatment.
The SheriffÂ in interviews after ward expressedÂ the attitude that somehowÂ DanielsÂ was responsible for the negative nationalÂ publicityÂ and vowed toÂ find a reason toÂ place the Russian born American back in hisÂ jail.Â
Warned of the dire consequences that oftenÂ befall those whoÂ anger the SheriffÂ it seemsÂ Mr. Daniels choose to seek refugeÂ in Russia. It is also reliably reported by Doctors in Colorado who treated Daniels thatÂ ArizonaÂ county medical authorities misdiagnosedÂ Daniels to begin withÂ andÂ he in fact did not suffer from the deadly type of T.B whichÂ the sheriff claimed justified his solitary confinement.
Had the sheriff simply allowed medical staff at the county hospitalÂ to give DanielsÂ appropriate medical care he might still have both lungs.
It is not known at this time if the sheriff will attempt to send some of his reputedÂ infamous black bagÂ operatives to RussiaÂ in an attempt to capture and return Daniels to Arizona.Â