Rather than investigate or attempt to resolve the issues which occurred for over a year prior to April 29, 2010, prison officials staged an armed assault against the unarmed men, who were all locked inside of their individual cells, viciously attacking them with electro-shock shields, tazers, fists, and pepper-spray. While all of the guards involved in the incident admitted that they did not suffer any injuries, members of the Dallas 6 were left bloody, naked, with burnt skin, and in pain.
Following the assaults, several Dallas 6 members were transferred to other prisons. Hundreds of documents were generated, including specific claims of misconduct alleged against the Dallas 6. Not once was the word “riot” mentioned. After civil actions and other complaints were filed against prison guards and officials regarding the events, the prison, state police, and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office formed an alliance to bring criminal charges against the Dallas 6–now calling the incident a “riot,” four months later.
In pursuing this case, Pennsylvania tax dollars are being misused to prop up a prison culture that results in the abuse prisoners. From transporting the Dallas 6 to court with helicopters hovering above, attorney hours, housing, court staffing, and travel over the course of a 3-year period, the state has spent between $250,000 and half a million dollars to prosecute these men who took a stand to save their lives and the lives of people around them.
The trial of the Dallas 6 will represent a moment of truth and exposure. We call on all who believe in justice and equality to promote awareness of this case.
Summary in Support of Petition to Indict Luzerne County Judges, District Attorneys and others
Misconduct Dated 4-29-10 - Refusing to obey an order
Observe there is no mention of a group activity or any mention of "riot""
Vice Magazine - Article by Molly Crabapple (Contains Video of Cell Extraction) - October 2015
Truth Out - Article by Shandre Delaney August 24, 2015
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader March 10, 2015
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader February 23, 2015
Philadelphia Daily News November 12, 2014
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Truth-Out.org (November 7, 2014) (Article also reprinted by Popular Resistance)
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Worker’s World (December 6, 2013)
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Rally at Love Park Philadelphia, PA (September 17th 2012)
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Citizens' Voice (Sept. 17th 2010)
Times Leader (Sept. 16 2010)
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