In a power outage not seen before at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Center (EMDC), more than 1,000 people fell in London, Ont., Jail and demanded justice after the last insight from an inmate, a 32-year-old father with ties to Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club.
About 500 motorcyclists, some wearing club jackets from Ontario and Quebec, stood with families and friends who have lost a loved one in jail for about two hours Saturday afternoon. They revved engines, crossed and formed an original healing circle.
“I hope this is the last death and that this will be the change in prison. Brandon was loved by all and this is an expression of support for him,” said Dar Maynard, steps away from where a cross was placed on the lawn. of the prison property to her stepson Brandon Marchant, who died earlier this month.
“We are not giving up. This will not be the last gathering until there is justice,” added Melissa Stokes, Marchant’s sister.
Marchant, who was taken off life support on July 6, is the nineteen person since 2009 who dies after being within EMDC.
He was taken to jail from the hospital on July 2 after a car accident. Inmates have reported seeing guards attack Marchant after an alleged disagreement over a towel. He was found unresponsive in his cell on July 3rd.
The Association of Correctional Officers has not responded to requests for comment.
The Office of the Attorney General, the Chief Coroner’s Office and the London Police are all investigating the death. Minister Sylvia Jones turned down a CBC request for an interview regarding allegations about the guards staying at work, according to a lawyer familiar with the prison.
On Saturday after a funeral at St. Peter’s Cemetery for Marchant, the cyclists cycled peacefully through the city to Exeter Road Prison, where the group called for answers.
‘We do not give up’
“We have to keep coming out and showing that we will not give up. We will continue to share our stories and our dear stories, and hopefully it will open the eyes of the people in prison and the government,” said Emily Kechego. , whose uncle, Floyd Deleary, died in prison in 2015.
Another niece, Raquel Hilliker, wrote Delaryy’s name on a wooden cross stuck in the ground. Eighteen crosses erected by family members in recent years were removed by prison officials earlier this month after guards complained they were adding to their mental distress.
“It’s been 12 years since this happened. Whatever the reason people are in there, that does not mean they should not have a chance to get out,” said Jeanna Drysdale, whose husband, Randy Drysdale, was killed. inside EMDC in 2009.
“I wish I had faith that things would change, but I have no more faith. Randy was such a good guy. He did not deserve this, any of this. He was in here, has never been to jail before, there is no reason why he should not have come out. ”
There was not a large police presence at the funeral or the EMDC trip. London police said they did not believe there was public safety concern and did not attend except for an officer who was looking in jail.