Death of India Cummings to Be Addressed Town Hall To Call for End to Neglect, Torture and Death in the Erie County Holding Center

A Town Hall To End Neglect, Torture and Death in the Erie County Holding Center will be held on Thursday, July 14 at the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library, Conference Room, 1 Lafayette Square from 5:30 –7:30 p.m. Hosted by the Buffalo Anti Racism Coalition,  B.L.A.C.K Rochester and Concerned Citizens of WNY,  the mysterious death of 27-year-old India Cummings, one of many who have died while in custody atthe Erie County Holding Center, will bea major focus.

“India was a healthy young African American woman from Rochester NY when she died of injuries that have yet to explained after 16 days in the custody of the Erie County Sheriff’s Department. These injuries clearly were sustained atthe Erie County Holding Center, which is under the supervision of Sheriff Timothy Howard,” stated organizers. “Almost four months have passed since her body was sent for autopsy. The results have yet to be released to her family or their attorney. India’s death is one of almost 30 that have died while in custody. It also occurred after the scathing 2009 Federal Department of Justice Lawsuit that charged Sheriff Howard and the County with failing to protect inmates and provide adequate mental health and physical care.” 

The following elected officials and stakeholders have been invited to convene on a panel and address the concerns of the community: India Cummings’ Family Attorney Matthew Albert Esquire; Sheriff Timothy Howard; Peace Activist and Scholar Chuck Culhane; US Attorney William Hochul Jr, ; Erie County Legislator Honorable Betty Jean Grant; Mayor Byron Brown; Senator Charles E. Schumer; Charley H. Fisher III.

For more information contact the Buffalo Anti Racism Coalition or B.L.A.C.K. at