August 24, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) New York, NY – In April of 2015, Samuel Harrell died after receiving a beating behind bars at Fishkill Correctional Facility, a medium security penitentiary about 60 miles from New York City which is known for abusing inmates.
Harrell was a black man with a history of “erratic behavior,” allegedly linked to bipolar disorder. There were antidepressants in his system when he died. Initially, the prison guards claimed he died of “an overdose of synthetic marijuana.” Contrary to their claims, the death was recently ruled a homicide. Further, there was no K2 — synthetic marijuana — or any other illicit drugs in his system.
He died of cardiac arrhythmia, said the autopsy report, “following physical altercation with corrections officers.” The examination noted cuts and bruises to his head and extremities.
What is being called the “beat up squad” apparently decided to unleash its rage on Harrell when he claimed he was going home but actually had more time left to serve. He was apparently in a delusional state of mind, a condition some patients suffer while taking antidepressants.
“Like he was a trampoline, they were jumping on him,” said Edwin Pearson, one of many inmates who witnessed it.
The guards took it so far as far to throw the man down a staircase while exclaiming racial slurs, according to inmate accounts. One inmate wrote that he saw him lying, “bent in an impossible position…His eyes were open, but they weren’t looking at anything.”
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