While incarcerated in the Snyder County Prison on April 17th, 2007, twenty-nine year-old Jeremy Wayne Dock was beaten by guards and/or others while in protective custody for "his own safety." Former Snyder County District Attorney Michael Sholley, current District Attorney Michael Piecuch, Coroner Bruce Hummel, Prison Board Solicitor Robert Cravitz, PSP Trooper Richard Blair and Dr. Barbara Bollinger (the county's hired pathologist) insist he committed suicide by hanging himself with a bed sheet. In our opinion (and based on the limited information they've given us access to); we strongly disagree with their consensus!
The previous summer, Jeremy was coerced by Snyder County Probation, Officer Kerry Davis into working as a confidential informant for Gary Heckman, an agent from the PA Attorney General's Office. He was released from jail for the explicit purpose of making controlled drug purchases and did as they requested throughout the summer. As summer ended Jeremy was expected to make buys from Jay, a heroin dealer in Allentown, which he refused to do because he feared retaliation. Jeremy became unproductive for them, so he was again incarcerated at the Snyder County Prison on probation/ parole violations for a supposed 'hot urinalysis' test.
Jeremy's girlfriend contacted Gary Heckman to ask for his help. …
The Julian Adams case involved a Harrisburg City Police officer who was effectively terminated based upon a completely manufactured charge that Adams lied under oath. He was later actually terminated when he filed a federal lawsuit. The Chief of Police of Harrisburg, Charles Kellar, was very close to then-Mayor Steven Reed and is widely-known to be racially insensitive at least - there was evidence that he used the "N" word frequently, for example. The Mayor was involved at the time with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in an ongoing inquiry into alleged racial problems in the police department under Kellar, all of which was revealed during discovery. Judge Jones would not, however, permit even the deposition of Reed, and although Adams' case was allowed to go to trial, the developing circumstances as reflected throughout this site caused him to settle his case for minimal value without going to trial.
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