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Political Prisoner Herman Bell assaulted

September 11, 2017

by Prison Archives

UPDATE Sept. 18: Friends visited Herman Bell at Five Points this weekend. Herman sends enormous love, greetings and gratitude to everyone. He feels our support.

Herman is in very strong spirits despite still showing the signs of the vicious beating, and is working not only to heal but to fight the ridiculous charges.

Herman is but one victim of the epidemic of violence against prisoners in New York and throughout the country. There are many examples of violent assaults against prisoners reported in the mass media and of guards instigating attacks and engineering cover-ups.

Remember, you can help by writing directly to Herman, so guards and administrators can see he has strong support: Herman Bell, 79 C 0262, Five Points CF, 6600 State Route 96, Caller Box 119, Romulus, NY 14541.

You can also help by sending a letter to Anthony Annucci, commissioner of the New York Department of Corrections. A sample letter and where to send it can be found here: http://freehermanbell.org/Assaulted.html.

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Black Panther Party political prisoner Herman Bell was viciously assaulted by guards at Great Meadow Correctional Facility (Comstock) in New York on Sept. 5, 2017.

While being “escorted” by a guard back to his housing unit, Herman, age 69, was struck in the face by a guard, causing his glasses to drop to the floor. The guard pushed Herman against the wall, Herman stumbled and fell to the ground.

The guard then continued viciously hitting and kicking Herman. Very soon, about five other guards arrived and joined in the violent attack, hitting and kicking Herman all over his body. He was also maced in the eye and face.

Black Panther Party political prisoner Herman Bell was viciously assaulted by guards at Great Meadow Correctional Facility (Comstock) in New York on Sept. 5, 2017.

One of the guards kneed Herman in the chest, causing two cracked ribs. At one point, one of the guards took Herman’s head and slammed it very hard into the pavement three times. Herman said when this happened he thought he was at the end of his life.

Herman was put in an isolation unit and left there alone for hours, with no care or place to lay down. Herman was then taken to the prison infirmary.

X-rays have confirmed that he has fractured ribs. Herman’s left eye is damaged from the mace and blows. He has bruises to his body and is suffering headaches, a possible sign of a concussion.

He showed the doctor his hands and wanted the doctor to make note of the fact that he had no cuts, abrasions, or bruises on his hands that indicate he struck no one.

Herman Bell stands proudly with his family: from left, his son Kamel, granddaughter Simone, daughter-in-law Kihana and granddaughter Sage. This photo was taken in May 2007.

Herman Bell has now been charged with “assault on staff.” Defying common sense, they allege that Herman, for no apparent reason, slapped the guard escorting him. He did this, they claim, in a location out of the view of all inmates but in the presence of other guards.

He is now in the Special Housing Unit (box) at Five Points Correctional Facility, where he was transferred after the incident.

Herman Bell has not had a disciplinary violation in over 20 years. He had been scheduled to begin a three-day family visit with his wife a few days after the incident, their first such visit in over two and a half years. In addition, he is to appear before the parole board, for the eighth time, in February 2018.

The vicious and unprovoked attack by Comstock prison guards on Herman Bell is not only flagrant staff abuse but egregious elder abuse. We demand that Acting DOCCS Director Anthony Annucci regain control of his lawless staff members.

He can set an example that such criminal staff misconduct will not be tolerated by dismissing the bogus charge of staff assault brought against Herman. Both Mr. Annucci and Gov. Cuomo must ensure that they will protect the lives of all prisoners.

At this time, we are encouraging everyone to take the time to write to Herman or send him a get-well card, so that the authorities know we are concerned for Herman. Further requests for actions of support will be posted soon.

We are encouraging everyone to take the time to write to Herman or send him a get-well card, so that the authorities know we are concerned for Herman.

Herman Bell’s new address is: Herman Bell, 79 C 0262, Five Points CF, 6600 State Route 96, Caller Box 119, Romulus, NY 14541.

Questions and comments may be sent to claude@freedomarchives.org.

3 thoughts on “Political Prisoner Herman Bell assaulted

  1. Joe

    Poor cop killer!! That is what he is a career criminal and thug. A cop killer who’s had a clean record since incarceration, because he has minions to do his bidding. Good clean work by correctional staff in stopping a bigger incident from happening which he was oviously trying set off. Once again this is a no good thug cop killer….people should ask for the police officers freedom not his….oh yeah I forgot there DEAD! !

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