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New York State Prison Guards Who Beat Inmate To Death Will Not Be Charged
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3 Aug 2017 04:49 AM EST

Officials announced Wednesday that federal and New York state prosecutors will not pursue criminal charges in the death of a state prison inmate following an altercation with guards in 2015. According to Reuters, attorneys concluded there was "insufficient evidence to meet the high burden of proof required for a federal criminal civil rights prosecution." The death of inmate Samuel Harrell sparked protests and drew widespread media attention. His widow, Diane Harrell, sued New York state in state and federal courts. She has said that Harrell died because he was handcuffed, punched, kicked and stomped by guards at the medium-security Fishkill Correctional Facility. She claimed some of the officers belonged to a group that inmates called the "Beat Up Squad."

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