Tsarnaev claims that prison guards “discriminated” against him by confiscating his baseball cap and headscarf.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the only surviving Boston Marathon bomber, has filed a $ 250,000 lawsuit against the federal government.
In his handwritten complaint, Tsarnaev alleges that he was treated “disruptively” and “unprofessionally” while incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Complex Florence, Colorado. Florence, also known as the “Alcatraz of the Rocky Mountains”, is a highly secure “Supermax” prison known for its strict security measures and high-profile inmates.
Tsarnaev, 26, claims that the Florence guards, along with the prison guard, exposed him to “illegal, unreasonable and discriminatory” acts and behaviors.
Tsarnaev’s main complaints include the seizure of a white baseball cap and a headscarf. Tsarnaev says he bought both items from the prison superintendent and is therefore entitled to continue using and carrying them at his own discretion.
According to Tsarnaev, his headgear was removed by prison guards “because by wearing it I” disregarded “the FBI and the victims of the April 15, 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon.”
“There was no evidence and no evidence of it [the] false accusations, ”he added.
Tsarnaev goes on to claim that he was selected for other types of abuse. For example, Tsarnaev has complained that he is only allowed to shower three times a week, even though his Muslim beliefs require him to keep himself clean.
The harsh treatment, according to Tsarnaev, contributed to his “mental and physical decline”.
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The Boston Herald notes that Tsarnaev’s lawsuit, although filed and assigned to a federal judge, has not yet been accepted by the court. This is because Tsarnaev “submitted [was] defective ”for failing to include“ a certified copy of the prisoner’s trust fund statement ”along with a filing fee of $ 402.
The Herald goes on to say that Tsarnaev did not elaborate in his lawsuit on why Florence staff interpreted his purchase and use of a white hat as offensive.
However, as the Herald relates, Tsarnaev was seen leaving the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing wearing a white cap. Before he and his brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout days after the terrorist attack, were identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Dzhokhar was identified as a “white hat” by investigators.
Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in the attack by Dzhokhar and Tamerlane. A few days later the brothers murdered an MIT police officer while on the run.
Another Boston officer was injured in a shootout between the brothers and law enforcement officers and died in 2014.
NBC Boston adds that Tsarnaev was sentenced to death for his role in the bombing raids. However, Dzhokhar won an appeal last year that resulted in his death sentence being overturned due to concerns about jury selection.
Since then, the Justice Department has asked the US Supreme Court to review Tsarnaev’s case, calling it “one of the most important terrorist prosecutions in our nation’s history.”
Bob Hood, the former Florence overseer, said Tsarnaev’s lawsuit is widespread – speaking about the conditions he endures in the nation’s toughest prison.
“I see,” said Hood. “He wants more than three showers a week. But he’s a twenty-year-old who lives in a three-meter-high box where life is worth more than if he had received the death penalty. “
Boston Marathon Bomber Sus Federal Government: Reports
Boston Marathon Bomber sued over ballcap, showers in jail
Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is suing Colorado Supermax for $ 250,000