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Political Prisoner (PP) Rev. Joy Powell Needs Our Help!
Joy Powell is an anti-police brutality activist from Rochester, NY. She was framed up on false charges and is actively working on legal documents to bring her case to court. In addition to suffering from diabetes, Joy is also hearing impaired and needs to read lips.
The first incident occurred on August 22nd, when Officer Olivio was closing the cell doors. Joy did not hear him announce this, and her hand was stuck when the cell door closed on it. Joy said she would not write him up, since this was apparently an accident.
The second incident occurred on August 30th, once again when C.O. Olivio was closing the cell doors. Since Joy is not in a cell designed for the hearing impaired, she was standing in the doorway and once again did not hear the announcement that the cell doors were being closed. The door was coming right at her, so she put up her right hand to block the impact. The other women were screaming at C.O. Olivio to open the gates, since Joy was stuck in the door. His response was to sit there and laugh.
Now Joy’s right arm is broken and in a “soft” cast, since a hard cast is considered a security risk. The prison doctor told her it was good she had put her hand out, otherwise her ribs might have been smashed, which can easily cause punctured lungs.
Joy is asking us to call Commissioner Anthony Annucci’s office at 518-457-8134to demand that C.O. Olivio be removed from his post.
People should also call the Office of the Inspector General at 800-367-4448and Governor Cuomo at 518-474-8390.
This situation is urgent! Our sisters behind the walls should not have to suffer this kind of cruelty and sadism at the hands of the C.O.’s!