[Pnews] The Trial of the Dallas 6: Protest of Solitary Confinement in a Pennsylvania Prison

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Sat Nov 23 11:51:54 EST 2013


*PRESS RELEASE: NOVEMBER 24, 2013**
The Dallas Six Case: Some Background.**
Press Contact:*
Dallas Six Legal Defense Committee--Philadelphia
vaniagulston at thedallas6.org

The trial of the Dallas 6 is set to begin on December 9, 2013 in the 
Luzerne County Courthouse before Judge Lesa Gelb.  This trial pertains 
to an April 29, 2010 peaceful protest to illegal and barbaric conditions 
created by the Department of Corrections prison guards in the hole at 
the State Correctional Institution at Dallas (SCI Dallas), including 
food starvation, mail destruction, beatings, medical neglect, use of a 
torture chair and deaths of various prisoners.

After guards tortured fellow prisoner Isaac Sanchez in the torture chair 
overnight and threatened several Dallas 6 members with death, inmates 
Andre Jacobs, Carrington Keys, Duane Peter, Derrick Stanley, Anthony 
Locke and Anthony Kelly decided that they did not want to suffer 
anymore.  Covering their cell door windows with bedding, the prisoners 
demanded that the abuse stop, and requested access to their counselors, 
state police, the District Attorney and the Public Defenders Office.  
They had no access to telephones or computers and their incoming and 
out-going mail were being destroyed to undermine their ability to expose 
the corruption.

Rather than investigate or attempt to resolve the issues which occurred 
for over a year prior to April 29, 2010, prison officials staged an 
armed assault against the unarmed men, who were all locked inside of 
their individual cells, viciously attacking them with electro-shock 
shields, tazers, fists, and pepper-spray.  While all of the guards 
involved in the incident admitted that they did not suffer any injuries, 
members of the Dallas 6 were left bloody, naked, with burnt skin, and in 
pain.

Following the assaults, several Dallas 6 members were transferred to 
other prisons.  Hundreds of documents were generated, including specific 
claims of misconduct alleged against the Dallas 6.  Not once was the 
word riot mentioned.  After civil actions and other complaints were 
filed against prison guards and officials regarding the events, the 
prison, state police, and the Luzerne County Office of the District 
Attorney formed an alliance to bring criminal charges against the Dallas 
6,--now calling the incident a riot four months later.

The Wilkes-Barre Dallas 6 Support Team exists to educate Luzerne County 
citizens about how their tax dollars are being misused to persecute and 
abuse people in their name.  From transporting the Dallas 6 to court 
with helicopters hovering above, attorney hours, housing, court 
staffing, and travel over the course of a 3-year period, the state has 
spent between $250,000 and half a million dollars to prosecute these men 
who took a stand to save their lives and the lives of people around them.

The trial of the Dallas 6 will represent a moment of truth and 
exposure.  We call on all who believe in justice and equality to promote 
awareness of this case.


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