So, in the hearing yesterday morning at Fort Meade, MD, details emerged about the statements and behavior that led to Breanna Manning’s harsh treatment at the Quantico confinement facility. The Associated Press reports;
[Daniel Choike, installation commander of the Quantico, Va., Marine Corps base] said Manning’s custody status was determined in part by his odd behavior, including licking the bars of his cell, “erratic dancing” and lifting invisible weights. Coombs suggested that the bar-licking occurred during sleepwalking and that the other behaviors were merely exercise.
Choike said Manning’s jailers took away his underwear at night starting March 2, 2011, after he made what they regarded as a suicidal comment: “I have everything I need right here to be able to harm myself. The waistband of my underwear can do this.” Coombs suggested the comment stemmed from Manning’s frustration at being kept on injury-prevention status.
Why would corrections officers think that Manning might be nuts because he licked the bars to his cell? That seems like perfectly normal behavior to me. Threatening to kill himself with his underoos is not outside normal behavior. Obviously, the staff overreacted to Manning’s really ghey suicide threats.