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Discussion about mistreatment of prisoners

Posted on Thu Jun 19th, 2014 @ 12:39am by David Hawkins

Mission: C.O.I.L.
Timeline: After blackout but before the interrogations

After her discussion with Lt Shark, Lizzy had been caught up in the blackout incident before she could have a talk to anyone in the senior staff, but now that power had come back and Sickbay had been handed over to more qualified staff, she had the time.

A check with the computer found the captain's location and noting that he would be alone, she headed off to find him.

Pressing the door buzzer, she waited.

Looking up from the science station, David noticed their counselor standing in front of his office. He smirked slightly until he noticed the irritation in her body language.

"What can I do for you, Counselor?" David asked as he limped over after taking the tablet in in his hand.

Lizzy took a breath before saying, "We need to speak in private, Sir."

"I guess we can talk in our office or talk about what is bothering you where ever else you feel comfortable," he replied as he gave her the full attention he could under the circumstances.

"Your office is fine."

With a nod, David lead her into his office and went on to sit on the edge of his desk as he looked at her.

Entering the ready room after Hawkins, she waited until the doors closed before she spoke up, "Commander, it is unconscionable to treat crew members like Mr Shark is being."

"How so?"

"He is being treated like the scum of the universe, even though we should be looking into helping him."

"And you think that we haven't given him far treatment?"

"No, I do not. The brig cell was completely bare, and I have heard that his quarters - if that term can even be used - have been stripped down to the raw metal. This is unacceptable."

"To the treatment of prisoners, while in transport, said prisoner is only authorized a bunk and 3 meals on bread and water. The fact that he got a private room shows that I am allowing him more open space. I assure you, Shark is doing fine," David reassured her.

Lizzy frowned, knowing that some of what he said might be right, but it still seemed wrong.

"It still seems wrong with a bare room. I don't even think that left a bunk in there. I'm not asking for special treatment, just common decency. They ripped up the carpet - what on earth is he going to do with that?"

"This man is a well trained man. I wouldn't be surprised if he did a MacGyver on us," David shrugged as he took a Padd and tapped in a couple codes to unlock it.

Lizzy frowned, "A what? It is still not nice."

He looked at her questionably as he tried to understand how she couldn't know, "Its an old Earth TV show. The guy could do make anything with the most unusual objects. Obviously it wasn't real, it was still very well written for the people of the 20th Century.

Lizzy thought for a moment, "Hmmmm.. It still isn't right. Can we maybe tone down the bare cell idea? I can ask him to promise."

"No," David said firmly but respectfully. "Honestly, the man has to earn his trust on my ship along with everyone else. Not everyone has the same to start at but they do have a lot of work to do in order to prove themselves. This man is a murderer and a very good one at that. I am not letting him do whatever he wants just because our Counselor feels bad for him. The risk of him being out is to great. Granted, I feel I could handle him, but at what cost?"

Lizzy thought for a moment, knowing that she wasn't going to be able to change his mind, "How about a track-able shock collar then? It would give some freedom to him yet allow him to be useful & have something to do."

David grinned as he shook his head. "No, he isn't a dog. If he were, we would have put him down."

Lizzy sighed, "I didn't mean that. Since I'm not going to be able to change your mind, I will leave you to your business. But I still formally protest about his treatment."

"I will remember to put that in my personal log and on record of your disapproval," David sighed as he looked at her again but this time directly. "I know you haven't had as much experience with dealing with prisoners but I have. This man is a danger to not only himself, but everyone aboard this ship. the possibility of even putting him on a leash gives him access to multiple chances. My orders were strict. Get the man to our destination at all costs. I normally would play around with the chances of him having a chance, he has shown that he is a man of risk and until I find another reason to change that, I won't take another chance."

"My duty stations have been an Intrepid, a Galaxy and a nice safe Olympic medical ship. I haven't really done any criminal rehab but trying to learn. I'll accept your orders, Sir. He did laugh in my face when I suggested talking about problems, but I don't want to just give up. Since he is under guard, is it okay if I still try and talk to him?"

"By all means. If you would like, I wouldn't mind sitting in on our sessions if you are willing. But you are to not take a weapon or anything else that could be used in a bad way."

Lizzy shook her head, "Commander, one thing that I feel strict on is that Counseling does not allow sit ins on other people's appointments, nor is anything said in appointments allowable to be given to others outside Counseling without the permission of the patient. That would even count for JAG or the admiralty. As for weapons, I'm not trained in anything except the most basic phaser use, and wouldn't even know what to do with other ones - although I do know Suus Mahna. I can do it naked and take out my earrings if you are really worried."

"I'd come just to see ya naked," David replied with a smirk. "Counselor, you need to learn that I bend the rules left and right. You have to understand that under my command, it is very helpful. Just don't do anything dangerous that will hurt you or anyone around."

Lizzy smiled, "Okay. You don't have to worry about me. I voluntarily married a Klingon who I loved with all my heart, and it isn't a good honeymoon night until everyone has broken bones. I still miss him even though he went to Sto'Vo'Kor for saving others."

"Understood. Go have your meeting with him. But he stays where he is."

"Thank you, Commander."

With a nod, David finished off, "If there is nothing else, you are dismissed. But please have a report on my desk before we get to Unity Station please."

"Aye, I will try to find out, but honestly, I doubt I will have anything before then."

With that, Lizzy headed off.


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