COXSACKIE, N.Y. (WTEN) – On Sunday, protesters stood outside of the Greene Correctional Facility, demanding justice for Anthony Myrie, an inmate who died while serving a 7-year sentence for attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance.
“This is to bring awareness to the voiceless,” said Shateasha Sims. “To bring justice to the unjust behavior that’s constantly overlooked on a daily basis.”
The protesters said there is reason to believe that Myrie’s death was caused by one or more prison guards.
While the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision typically does not comment on ongoing investigations, in an effort to try to clear up misinformation, department spokesperson Thomas Mailey released a statement that said,
“Mr. Myrie was involved in a 3 on 1 fight with other incarcerated individuals in a housing unit of the Greene Correctional Facility. Correction officers responded and issued verbal commands which stopped the fight. No officers used any force at anytime. Following the altercation, Mr. Myrie was examined by faculty medical staff who found no injuries as a result of the incident.”
According to DOCCS, he was then escorted to a holding area to be interviewed, when Myrie began complaining of chest pain.
The statement goes on to say, “Mr. Myrie was immediately returned to the medical unit for further evaluation when he collapsed unconscious and unresponsive. At that point, medical staff began emergency response and called for outside medical services.”
Myrie was transferred to Albany Medical Center for further treatment where he was ultimately pronounced dead.
The official cause of death will be determined by the Albany County Medical Examiner’s Office. The Department of Corrections said there are no signs of trauma and the death appears to be consistent with sudden cardiac arrest.