June 1, 2021
A lawsuit filed by an imprisoned anti-fascist activist alleges guards at the McCreary federal prison in Kentucky allowed white supremacist gang members to beat him in 2018. Eric King is currently serving a 10-year sentence for throwing Molotov cocktails at an empty building in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2014 amid Black Lives Matter protests. King says he’s been targeted by over 40 correctional officers across multiple facilities throughout his imprisonment. He’s been held in solitary confinement for over 1,000 days and now faces an additional 20 years to his sentence for allegedly assaulting a federal officer, which King says was in self-defense.
In a statement published by The Intercept, King says, “I’m a human being with a family. I’ve been treated deplorably … denied access to my family and my lawyers, and subjected to physical and emotional torture. They’ve done this because of my beliefs, not because of my actions.”