LCCF surveillance footage shows prolonged struggle with Mackey

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Surveillance footage from inside the Luzerne County Correctional Facility shows officers rushing Shaheen Mackey’s cell prior to a prolonged struggle that ultimately claimed his life.Mackey, 41, of Berwick, died two days after the June 6, 2018, struggle that resulted in a $3 million settlement between his family and Luzerne County.Video previously released showed a swarm of correctional officers subduing Mackey by repeatedly Tasering him while he was strapped in a restraint chair. Officers in the video can be heard speculating that he was under the influence of methamphetamine.
In fact, Mackey was not on any drugs and was in the midst of a seizure, according to his family’s attorneys at Dyller and Solomon Law in Wilkes-Barre.“You can see from this video that Mr. Mackey’s medical emergency was mishandled from the very beginning,” attorney Theron J. Solomon said. “There’s been this false narrative floating around that he did something wrong at some point and this clears that up. At no point in any of this did Mr. Mackey do anything but beg for help from the staff at LCCF.”The newly released footage obtained by The Citizens’ Voice contains no audio but documents the moments leading up to …

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