It is now over six months after the murder of Samuel Harrell and his killers continue to work at Fishkill Correctional with no criminal charges filed by DA William Grady. Despite claiming to be “committed to ensuring that offenders are held accountable for their criminal conduct,” DA Grady has failed to do his job in response to a known gang of COs, “The Beat Up Squad,” who murdered Samuel and continue to abuse inmates at the prison.
Now DA Grady is running unopposed again after 32 years in office. Is this what a just democracy looks like? He will be re-elected so let’s make sure he hears our voices!
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1 – Harrell was handcuffed and then BEATEN TO DEATH in the Fishkill prison by up to 20 corrections officers, some yelling racial slurs at him. That was on April 21. He was 30-years old.
2 – Nearly six months later, the COs who beat Samuel to death have not been charged by the Dutchess County DA or faced any consequences. They are STILL ON ACTIVE DUTY and continue to have opportunities to abuse their power over inmates every day.
3 – By comparison, two weeks after Samuel’s murder, less than a mile away, a Beacon police officer shot and killed a white man who stole a car at knifepoint and came at the officer with the knife. The officer involved was IMMEDIATELY PLACED ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE and quickly brought before a grand jury by the Dutchess County DA.
4 – In Samuel’s case there was no danger to the COs. Samuel was beaten and then thrown down a flight of stairs while handcuffed. NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE despite the 19 signed affidavits from eye witnesses describing these events.
5 – With this single brutal act, those COs showed greater disregard for the law and proved MORE DANGEROUS than a good portion of the inmates in that prison, notably the third who are incarcerated for non-violent offenses, including Samuel himself who was serving eight years on a drug charge.
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This week, join Samuel Harrell’s sister Cerissa Harrell, widow Diane Harrell, and the Hudson Valley Black Lives Matter Coalition (HV BLM) by signing their petition demanding that Dutchess County DA Bill Grady file homicide charges against all officers involved in his murder. Multiply your impact by sharing this with others on Facebook!