Photos that are circulating online reportedly show blue pellets of rat poison hidden in inmates’ food at Rikers Island in New York.
One of the photos appears to show the poison placed inside of a meatloaf sandwich, while another shows the pellets mixed in with vegetables. The photos, taken in March, prompted 23 inmates who claimed to have gotten sick from the poison to sue the corrections department, PIX 11 reports.
“One of the correction officers did see [rat poison] and was quite alarmed by what he saw and took pictures of” the food, Attorney Joann Squillace said. Squillace represents the 23 inmates suing the corrections department.
The photos in question were subsequently given to an inmate to be used as evidence, and lab results from a firm Squillace hired later confirmed that the pellets were, in fact, poison.
The civil suit led by Squillace contains more than 200 pages which detail what inmates went through after consuming the rat poison. One inmate complained of “vomiting blood and body shakes.”
According to reports, the corrections department have yet to confirm that rat poison was found despite launching an independent investigation months ago.
The controversy surrounding Rikers comes as the prison complex faces a significant amount of criticism over treatment of their inmates.
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