BEACON, N.Y. -- Friends and family members gathered in Beacon on Sunday to remember Samuel Harrell, an inmate of the Fishkill Correctional Facility who died last year after an altercation with prison guards, according to a report by The Poughkeepsie Journal.
According to multiple media reports, other inmates at the medium-security Beacon prison have alleged that Harrell, who had a bipolar disorder, was handcuffed while he was repeatedly kicked and punched by the guards.
Harrell's death was ruled a homicide by the Orange County Medical Examiner's Office, multiple media reports said.
Preet Bharara’s, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, last year announced that his office and the office of Dutchess County District Attorney William Grady would be working together to investigate the allegations.
Participants in the Sunday event met in Beacon Memorial Park where they lit candles, sang “We Shall Overcome,” and painted portraits of Harrell, according to The Poughkeepsie Journal report.
A cardboard replica of the cell where the 30-year-old inmate once spent two weeks alone was on display as memorial participants called for the state to reform its solitary confinement protocols, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
Harrell's family has bought a federal lawsuit against the prison, according to multiple media reports.
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