Inmate’s brutal death at NY prison highlights lack of accountability — report

In 2010, a schizophrenic inmate at a New York prison was violently beaten by prison guards, dying shortly after. Prison staff did little to resuscitate him, a video of the events show, prompting watchdog agencies to allege overreaction and negligence.

Leonard Strickland was a schizophrenic prisoner from New York City held at the Clinton Correctional Center in Dannemora, New York, near the Canadian border, after he was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon, the New York Times wrote of the case. Strickland had no record of serious disciplinary problems at Clinton during the four and a half years he was there, state records indicated.

Though “scores of brutality lawsuits” have been filed against Clinton officers in recent years, according to the New York Times, state and local officials said they could not remember the last time a Clinton guard was charged with excessive force.

Via RT.