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Lawyer: Test Results From Meatloaf Fed To Rikers Island Inmates Contained Rat Poison

April 29, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Lawyer: Test Results From Meatloaf Fed To Rikers Island Inmates Contained Rat Poison

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Lab testing has confirmed that meatloaf given to 19 Rikers Island inmates who fell sick contained rat poison. The attorney representing the inmates who have filed a lawsuit against New York City Department of Corrections told the New York Daily News.

A piece of the meatloaf preserved by one of the stricken inmates, Reginald Dupree, was tested at a lab in New Jersey. According to the test results conducted on the meatloaf contained Brodifacoum, an anti-coagulant, used as rodenticide poison.

“No justification can be made for rat poison to be in an inmate’s food whatsoever,” the inmates attorney, Joanne Squillace, said in an interview with The News on Monday.

The New York City Department of Corrections has launched an investigation into the poisoning incident and had a separate lab perform tests on the meatloaf. Initial analyzation shows the meatloaf contained what appeared to be blue and green pellets.

“It is premature to jump to any conclusions regarding the lab results taken from samples given by the inmates that the Department has not analyzed and confirmed. After the initial (lawsuit) filing, a judge said the inmates did not face immediate harm. It was unlikely that their legal claims had merit,” a city source close to the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the pending investigation said.

The inmates filed the lawsuit back in Brooklyn Federal Court back in March. The suit claims the inmates at the Anna M Kross jail suffered nausea, bleeding, diarrhea and vomiting and after being served the meatloaf in early March. The inmates accused jail officials of not providing the proper medical treatment.

Brodifacoum, the common ingredient in rat and mouse poisons, it prevents the blood from clotting.

Squillace said she received the meatloaf from Dupree, sealed in a bag delivered to the lab the same way.

“We would never fabricate evidence as officers of the court,” Squillace said. Lab results from another portion of the meatloaf hidden in a soft drink bottle were inconclusive because it didn’t contain enough of the mystery contaminate.

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