FREEHOLD, NJ – On July 29, 2010, Amit Bornstein, age 22 of Marlboro was arrested at his home by Monmouth County Sheriff’s Officers on a bench warrant for failing to appear in Court for minor misdemeanor and traffic infractions.
Seven hours later Correction Officers dropped Amit’s dead body at CentraState Hospital. Little is known about what happened while in custody, as surveillance tapes were seized by the Prosecutor’s Office and have not been released.
Two months after Amit’s death, Sherriff Shaun Golden has yet to make any statement about the incident; now the Bornstein family is demanding accountability for the death of their son.
According to investigators at least eight (8) Correction Officers were involved in the incident.
Though the CO’s initially claimed Mr. Bornstein “tossed them around like dolls,” autopsy photos show that Amit was shackled and beaten to death after asking to make a phone call home.
Amit’s family and neighbors are demanding the release of the county jail video and audio tapes, and a fair and full investigation into his death, with appropriate disciplinary and criminal charges filed against his killers.
The Warden, Sheriff and Corrections Officers’ Union have been silent or have stated that “they followed procedures” and the no one “can prove any wrongdoing” – THEN HOW DID HE DIE? AND IS IT STANDARD PROCEDURE TO SHACKLE AND BEAT PRISONERS TO DEATH?
In response to the silence from the Sherriff’s office, a second rally is being organized for Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Manalapan to demand scrutiny of officer misconduct, human rights violations and to demonstrate concerns over the mismanagement of the jail by Monmouth County’s Sheriff’s Office. The family is also asking witnesses to come forward with any helpful information.
We are asking for all concerned people and organizations to rally with us against officer brutality and for the protection of human rights.
Buses will be providing transportation for folks throughout the city (Manhattan and Brooklyn) — e-mail [email protected] for pickup locations.
If we all ask at once, the Sheriff’s Office will hear our demand to release the surveillance video from the jail, and for a full and fair investigation of Amit’s case.
This rally is also endorsed by the October 22 Coalition and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.