Richard Matt and David Sweat, Escapees from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora Township, NY. (photos courtesy of The New York State Police, 2015)
DANNEMORA, New York – It’s been twenty-two days since Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility. And it would appear that at least one of the two has been shot and killed by a group of police officers in a cabin near Malone, NY. according to this report, late yesterday, from The New York Times.
And with Mr. Sweat still at large time, it appears, is on the side of authorities.
Here’s the thing. Twenty-two days ago America, much less upstate New York knew little of Richard Matt and David Sweat except to say they were, are, two cold-blooded killers who escaped from a, “maximum security facility in upstate New York”.
Further, America, much less upstate New York knew nothing of the facts surrounding what got this escape-real-life-soap-opera started in the first place. A prison social worker, a guard, and two inmates desperate to just get out would weave a tale of lies, deceit, and deception not seen in decades. All aided and abetted by a Warden, a State Penal System, and a once great State’s own Governor.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes a point during a meeting on tax cut proposals in the Red Room at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo has proposed cutting the states corporate income tax from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent and eliminating it altogether for upstate manufacturers. He also has proposed paying more state aid as an incentive to any of New Yorks 10,500 local governments that impose hard 2 percent spending caps and cut their costs by consolidating services with other towns, villages, cities and counties. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo is the 56th and current Governor of the State of New York.
He is the son of political icon and personal hero of this blogger at least, Mario M. Cuomo, and brother to famed CNN ‘New Day’ Anchor Chris Cuomo.
Andrew Matthew Cuomo ran on a Sun, Moon, and the Stars will align and shine bright once again over New York State if I am elected in 2010.
Assuming office in January of 2011 he has been serving in that capacity since.
One of the things he promised in his sun, moon and stars platform for Governor was, “prison reform”. To his credit, stopping what his father did so many years ago in the Empire State by adding prisons, and prison beds throughout the State – a fatal flaw to be sure. Hey! Nobody’s perfect, right?
But the point is, is that Cuomo opened the doors to out-and-out cold-blooded killers with weekend passes, and jaunts to the local meat market, just down the street from the Clinton Correctional facility in places like Dannemora. (At least to the white ones anyways.)
That’s right, Richard Matt and David Sweat got weekend passes, and ventured outside the prison walls to places like the local ice cream shoppe and the butcher down the street from the prison! So you can say, rightly, that they took advantage of Andrew Cuomo’s, “prison reform.”
So to did they take advantage of their social worker, and one of the main-stay guards in the shop at the prison. What they couldn’t get from the loved-starved social worker they got from the good ole boy guard over the carpentry shop at Clinton Correctional Facility. (As of today the social worker is in jail awaiting trial, and the good ole boy guard just got arrested the other day. White to, by the way!)
Mr. Glenn Ford, Louisiana’s once longest-serving death row inmate, until his release in 2014, for the crime of murder, in the first degree, which he did not commit.
I would just like to say that I am all for prison reform – across the board; broadly, fairly, and equal prison reform for all though. Especially in the care and concern of good folks like Mr. Glenn Ford of New Orleans and the Angola 3 as PERFECT examples of the need for prison reform, especially for these four men. With two of the Angola 3 long dead now, and Mr. Ford dying of asbestos based lung cancer from nearly thirty years in solitary confinement.
[None of these men, all African-Americans, ever committed any of the crimes to which they had been accused of and wrongfully imprisoned for. None!]
But Richard Matt and David Sweat, twice over, proven killers. White. Got the run of the place. Where as good folks like the Angola 3, and Mr. Glenn Ford weren’t just thrown under the footers of the infamous Angola prison, they were thrown there, and left to die, all, for crimes that they DID NOT COMMIT.
Someone complained to me, not long ago, that I don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to this story, that I am out over my skis in the case of Escape at Clinton Correctional Facility when it comes to even discussing the issue. Well. As someone who knows first hand what it’s like to go to prison for a crime that you didn’t even commit. And to be treated, handled as I was for something that I did not do I beg to differ. I am an expert in my field.
But that’s okay BECAUSE My God is Good! All the Time. He sustained me, and set me free! Cleared my name, and has renewed and restored me a 1,000 fold. And for that I am eternally grateful.
But what’s funny is when I was in, when folks like Glenn Ford and the Angola 3 were in there was no such thing as prison reform, second chance opportunities, etc. It was you are a convict, and you’ll be treated as such. Set down, shut up, and like it OR else.
Now though. If you’re white, privileged or the like, murder someone in cold blood, you will be treated like a King in prison, especially at a cupcake place like Dannemora. But if you’re black, poor, and disadvantaged you’ll be lucky to survive much less thrive in a prison like the one at Dannemora.
It is often said that government is as only as good as the people who elect it, and that once in power government can only do so much. I say it is in the kinds of people that we are forced to elect.
For to long we have had only two major political parties across this country to choose from on Election Day.
We are told, as Voters, that this is all that there is, pick one, vote, shut up, and go away. Told, somehow, that this is all that you have to choose from. Your only options. Political alternatives won’t work in this country. After all this is the United States of America so… Unite behind somebody America! Shut up, and we’ll call you if there’s a war or some other major catastrophic event.
With all due respect I call bullshit! And here’s why.
For to long now Washington, D.C. and the major State Capitols across this Land have become breeding grounds for; debauchery, skulduggery, antipathy, complacency, and selective outrage – among many other things.
Truth Meme from Facebook, 2015…
All the while, wondering aloud, why when a handful of us rise up in one accord and expose them for the rat bastards that they are.
And have the nerve to come back to us every four to six years and with hat and hand, one good eye and a straight face ask us to send them back to Washington and State Capitol buildings across the land to profit off the deaths of millions at the expense of a few.
Telling us, in so many words, “Republicans are against everything that the Democrats want to do, and Democrats are against everything that Republicans want to do. So what else can we do? But send me back to government because I’m a working for you America!”
It is one big giant circle jerk folks! A veritable firing squad and We the People are caught in its center. Taking the brunt, and being the butt of their moral equivalency.
You know I’ve never known one member of either a third political party, an Independent or Decline to Say to have any of the problems that folks with D’s or R’s behind their names do. Not one.
Yet. We are told that Republicans and Democrats are the only ones that can get anything done. Why then were Richard Matt and David Sweat allowed to escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility under Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s control?
Former Buffalo, New York Police Officer Cariol Holloman-Horne speaking about her termination and her fight with N.Y.S.L.R.S…
Why hasn’t Cariol Holloman-Horne, a former Buffalo, NY. Police Officer with an impeccable record of service, been given her pension, yet, under Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo?
Holloman-Horne did nothing wrong! She was simply trying to keep a fellow officer from wrongfully assaulting – to death, nearly – someone who he had placed under arrest.
And yet Cariol Holloman-Horne has been subjugated and relegated to the corner per Governor Cuomo’s request, as has her family. Being treated as second class citizens simply for asking and seeking justice on Mrs. Holloman-Horne’s behalf. Why? Answer: Because she is African-American. And because when white people run the World as they do there is nothing more than chaos, confusion and debauchery.
Quotes by Famous People, Chief Pontiac …
The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Democrat – New York ,who campaigned in poetry and hasn’t even managed to govern in prose has made the Empire State a laughing-stock. So to have the State’s Department of Corrections.
Twenty-two days ago two twice proven cold-blooded killers escaped their prison cells, and for twenty-two days the State of New York, led by its Governor, has been doing all that it can to SAVE FACE. To omit history and the truth that ‘mistakes were made’. Ducking and dodging accountability, transparency and more.
They have praised the Lord and passed the ammunition that they got one, now there’s number two to get.
Question: Is it more important to examine every case as they come into your facilities, to rate the severity of the crime(s) that have been committed, and determine how each human being should be treated? Or is it more important to get (re)elected every four to six years?
Prison reform you say? When the State of New York, the whole of New York City’s Police Department is the laughing-stock of the City and the World. Reform your people and reform yourselves before you venture down the rabbit hole of feeling good because we did something.
— Rhett E. Column
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