DR. HAZEL DUKES, PRESIDENT
LEROY GADSDEN, J.D., CHAIRMAN, CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
1. On April 21, 2015, Mr. Samuel Harrell a non-violent African American Inmate (bi-polar) was involved in a confrontation with New York State Correction Officers at Fishkill Prison. A confrontation that led to Mr. Harrell being beaten to death by numerous correction officers.
2. Prior to the fatal beating by correction officers, Mr. Harrell was not charged or accused of any type of weapons related offense.
3. After the beat down, correction officers called for an ambulance, but according to medical records, the officers mentioned nothing about a physical encounter. Rather, the records showed, they told the ambulance crew that Mr. Harrell probably had an overdose of K2, synthetic marijuana.
4. An autopsy report by the Orange County medical examiner concluded that Mr. Harrell, 30, had cuts and bruises to the head and extremities and had no illicit drugs in his system, and died of cardiac arrhythmia, “following a physical altercation with corrections officers.”
5. The Orange County Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide.
6. The New York State Correction Department has failed to take any type of appropriate disciplinary actions against the officers and supervisors who not only appeared to beat Mr. Samuel Harrell to death but lied in an attempt to conceal and or justify their actions.
NO CRIMINAL CHARGES HAS BEEN BROUGHT AGAINST THE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE FATAL BEATING
(18 months and counting)