IamAn Investigative Reporter who found secret videos of mental hospital beatings and showed how Florida's psych wards are overrun by rats, misery and death. Ask me anything!
My short bio: I'm Anthony Cormier, an investigative reporter from the Tampa Bay Times. My colleagues, Leonora LaPeter Anton and Michael Braga, and I just published a series of stories showing how Florida cut $100 million from its mental hospitals and let violence, death and misery spiral out of control. People ate out of the trash. Rodents crept on the beds. Patients swallowed razor blades, orderlies got stabbed in the face and the state knew all about it -- but chose to keep slashing budgets anyway. And when we asked for surveillance footage from inside the hospitals, Florida said no -- but we got the tapes anyway. They were so horrific, we had to warn viewers about what they were going to see. Here's the first part: http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2015/investigations/florida-mental-health-hospitals/cuts/
Here are those videos (warning: they are graphic): http://www.tampabay.com/projects/2015/investigations/florida-mental-health-hospitals/surveillance-videos/