‘F*** your prisons’ found spray painted on side of NYS Capitol

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The graffiti was removed but State Police are still searching for the suspects.

they say they are reviewing all the cameras in this area.

“It’s upsetting to see that type of language and you know yes in America everyone has their right to opinion and free speech but at the same token, it needs to be done in a respectful manner,” John McDonald (D-NYS Assembly 108th District) said.

Assemblyman McDonald is disappointed by the actions of those responsible for defacing the capital building with red spray paint, writing “F*** your prisons” and “no more ” with an anarchy symbol next to it.

McDonald says although it was done in the wrong way it does highlight frustration with the state prison system, a topic he believes is important.

“As much as there have been steps in the right direction and philosophies and laws are changing to recognize they obviously for many individuals, many populations it’s not happening soon enough.”

The Office of General Services spent quite a while cleaning the graffiti on Friday with stone cleaner after security screeners discovered it.”It’s kind of hard to like you know see that being put out there and just everybody looking at it and just reacting so strongly to it so I just think it’s wrong,” Marquez Burns said.

“It’s kind of hard to like you know see that being put out there and just everybody looking at it and just reacting so strongly to it so I just think it’s wrong,” Marquez Burns said.

State police won’t say what they believe it’s in reference to, but it could be important to note that Friday is the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison Uprising where 39 people were killed including inmates and guards following inmate protest of conditions there.

Scott Paltrowitz with the Correctional Association of New York was part of a protest on Thursday in Manhattan calling for Governor Cuomo to close Attica. He says conditions there are still bad.

“People are fed up and frustrated and so it’s time for the state to stop this kind of brutality. To close Attica. To end violence across the state prison system,” Paltrowitz said.

NEWS10 ABC’s Lindsay Nielsen reached out to Governor Cuomo’s office but did not hear back.

 

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