(WBRE/WYOU) – On Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday, protesters took to the steps of the Luzerne County courthouse to raise awareness about six men they say peacefully fought against human rights violations at SCI Dallas in 2010.
According to prosecutors, inmates Duane Peters, Carrington Keys, Andre Jacobs, Anthony Kelly and Anthony Locke covered their cell windows, forcing officers to forcibly take them out of their cells.
Video by the Human Rights Coalition, posted to their website, appears to show officers dressed in riot gear removing Keys from his cell.
Keys, Jacobs and Peters were charged with felony counts of riot. Keys mother says the charges are false.
“The number one reason being that you are in an individual confined to a cell and cannot have a riot,” said Shandre Delaney.
The assistant district attorney handling the case sees it differently.
“We’re alleging that under the definition of the statute, that a riot occurred,” said Jim McMonagle.
McMonagle wouldn’t comment on the allegations of abuse in the prison. For Delaney, the fight to shed light on the injustices she says her son and other prisoners have endured is far from over.
“As a mom, I’m doing it not just for my son, but everybody’s son who is enduring this,” said Delaney.
The protesters went to district attorney Stephanie Salavantis’ office to demand those charges be dropped. Keys, Peters and Jacobs were supposed to go to trial in February. But authorities say it’s been pushed back to April. We tried reaching out to the Department of Corrections for comment on the abuse allegations, but we did not hear back in time for our broadcast.