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New York Court of Claims Finds Prison Guards Used Excessive Force

Strickland v. New York State, 2016-041-507
A Court of Claims judge has ordered that a trial be held to determine damages in a 2010 case about a Clinton Correctional Facility inmate’s death. The inmate, Leonard Strickland, died from heart failure after suffering cardiac arrest while he was being dragged by prison guards to the facility’s mental health unit. The judge found that the prison guards used unreasonable and excessive force to relocate Mr. Strickland. Mr. Strickland’s case received extensive media coverage at the time of his death.

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