JUSTICE FOR THE DALLAS 5: PACK THE COURTROOM!
December 9, 2013
Luzerne County Courthouse
200 N. River St
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
Judge Lisa Gelb
In April 2010, at SCI Dallas (PA), after a series of abuses at the hands of corrections officials, 6 prisoners housed in the solitary confinement unit decided they had enough and decided to stage a protest in response to the inhumane conditions and mistreatment of prisoners. Each prisoner involved in the protest is now collectively referred to as the Dallas 5.
They are Andre Jacobs, Carrington Keys, Anthony Locke, Duane Peters and Derrick Stanley. They peacefully covered their cell windows and barricaded their doors to protect themselves from harm after guards began beating prisoners one by one. They asked for an outside official to come into the prison and mediate between the inmates and guards, who were abusing prisoners. Instead of receiving this mediation by an outside official, guards attacked the Dallas 5 with pepper spray, Tasers, and their fists.
For peacefully demonstrating for an end to human rights abuses, these men suffered retaliation and criminal charges of riot. Contrary to the charges, these men did not incite riot. They did not cause or create riot! (SEE VIDEO OF CARRINGTON KEYS PROTESTING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND BEING ASSAULTED BY PRISON GUARDS
) They had no ability to do so within a single cell solitary confinement unit! These same men contributed to the Human Rights Coalition report which detailed ongoing abuses and human rights violations within the dungeons of this state and especially at SCI Dallas. These charges are inappropriate; non-violent protests are always handled through internal Pennsylvania Department of Corrections disciplinary actions not criminal court.
As revealed in the Human Rights Coalition report and before the House of Representatives, there has long been a policy within the prison walls of Dallas and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) to operate a corrupt administration
under an iron wall of silence. Under this code of silence, SCI Dallas, PA DOC, District Attorney’s Office, Attorney General’s Office as well as the Pennsylvania State Police operates in participation and conjunction with one another to cover up crimes and misconduct by overlooking video footage of officers, the real criminals, committing human rights violations. The guards should be on trial and not the Dallas 5.
Carrington Keys' protest and cell extraction
(guards' assault begins around 15:40)
The story as told by the guards and the DOC is that Mr. Keys initiated an assault upon them and threw bodily waste upon them. Bodily waste is considered a bio-hazard and there are procedures to follow when this happens. As evidenced by the video, not one guard mentioned any complaints of physical injury, nor reported that they had to clean themselves off. In fact, they continued doing cell extractions. As far as violence or assault, we clearly see Mr. Keys at his cell door standing peacefully. He is the victim of violence not the offender. A common tactic of the guards when assaulting a prisoner is to say "stop resisting", sometimes even before they get to the inmate, to make it appear as if they're defending themselves. In the video, we can clearly hear Mr. Keys screaming. "I am not resisting, I am not resisting". Mr. Keys was initially charged with a misconduct for refusing an order. 3 months later a misconduct turns into a third degree felony of riot and assault. Covering your cell door is not a riot! Covering your cell door is not a felony! Carrington and his fellow solitary confinement prisoners were protesting abuse, NOT causing a riot!