UPDATE July 21, 2014: SETTLED for $2.75 million. The New York Times reports:
"New York City has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from the December 2012 death of a prisoner at Rikers Island after he suffered what the city medical examiner’s office concluded was “blunt force trauma” to the head. The inmate, Ronald Spear, 52, had kidney problems and walked with a cane, according to the lawsuit. The medical examiner’s office ruled that the manner of death was homicide."
On the afternoon of Dec. 19, 2012, Nellie Kelly's phone rang. The caller identified himself as an inmate on Rikers Island, and told her he had some bad news about her brother, Ronald Spear. The inmate's name was Jesse James. He was 29, and had been awaiting trial since September in the jail known as the North Infirmary Command. James told Kelly that her brother was dead.
"He says, 'You don't know me, but I know your brother, I'm so sorry, they killed your brother today,'" Kelly tells the Voice.
Knowing that Ronald had serious heart and kidney ailments and had complained repeatedly about the quality of Rikers medical care, she said, "How? Was it the wrong medicine?"
Spear, 53, died at around 4 a.m. on Dec. 19, Correction officials say. The city medical examiner autopsy is still not completed, and the cause of death is currently listed as, "circumstances undetermined pending police investigation."
Ronald Spear's Death At Rikers: A Host of Disturbing Questions Emerge
http://WrongfulDeathofLarryNeal.com . If you press for justice, Kelley family, you may also become CoIntelPro targets. If/when you do, continue to demand accountability. They kill and abuse white and Latino people in America, also, but when it becomes public knowledge, they pay damages before a lawsuit is even filed (i.e., Thomas Kelly's beating death and newspaper delivery women who were shot while police searched for Dorner). Black families like Spear's and Larry Neal's are expected to cower under oppression like the blacks did in the 1940s when crosses were burned in our yards after lynchings. Join me in saying, "I sign my own emancipation proclamation" (MLK). Take your crosses and shove them!