On Thursday 8/27/15, over 150 people blockaded the Dutchess County District Attorney’s office to demand justice for Samuel Harrell, a black man murdered at Fishkill Correctional facility. As a community we also shut down a major intersection in Poughkeepsie, leading to national attention to Sam’s case. Later in the day of that action, the office of US Attorney for the Southern District announced they would be joining the case. The involved officers are still under investigation.

In the press:

New York Times: Prison Guard ‘Beat up Squad’ Is Blamed in New York INmate’s Death

Gawker: The Death and Short Life of Samuel Harrell

Democracy Now!: Family of Samuel Harrell, Killed by “Beat Up Squad” in NY Prison, Holds Hunger Strike for Justice

Truth Out: Justice for Samuel Harrell: Prosecute the ‘Beat Up Squad’ at the Fishkill Prison