Fire Corrections Officers for Alleged Inmate Abuse

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Target: Michael Powers, President of the Prison Guard’s Union

Goal: Stop protecting officers accused sodomizing an inmate with a baton.

A correctional officer was suspended after 17 brutality lawsuits stemming from the severe abuse of Southport Correctional inmates. One victim was beaten so badly that officers had to hold him upright. Another victim was reportedly cuffed and raped by correctional officers using objects including a baton. The victim’s dreadlocks were reportedly pulled from his scalp and his ribs fractured during the attack. The officers involved, Peter Mastrantionio and Craig Skelly, were cleared. Skelly remains on active duty, according to an official.

Mastrantionio has faced years of similar abuse accusations and his violent tendencies have ultimately cost the state of New York $673,000 in settlements to various inmates. However, he was only suspended after dozens of severe brutality cases. Reports show that this behavior is common among Southport Correctional officers.

Despite costing the state hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements to prisoners, these officers manage to escape justice, even after years of continuous abuse accusations. It seems the union isn’t only turning a blind eye to this savage behavior, but now they’re going so far as to protect the officers. The Prison Guard’s Union President Michael Powers stated that he’ll “fight to protect his officers with any all resources necessary” and even referred to them as “the best in the nation.”

This tragic injustice must be stopped before more people end up dead at the hands of officers. Demand that the union stop protecting violent officers and fire the guilty abusers.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Michael Powers,

Southport Correctional Officer Peter Mastrantiono has faced 17 lawsuits after reportedly abusing inmates. Mastrantiono has been accused of numerous cases of inmate abuse over the years. Officer Craig Skelly is another one of the many officers suspected of wrongdoing.

In just one of the savage attacks, Mastrantionio and Skelly reportedly raped an inmate with a baton and pulled his dreadlocks out. Other cases that named Mastrantionio were just as heinous, yet neither officer was punished and Skelly remains on active duty. We demand that officers guilty of abuse be fired.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

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