Scary video appears to show New York prisoners burying bodies in coronavirus home

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Prisoners were seen burying coffins on Hart Island amid the escalating New York coronavirus crisis. (Photo: Hart Island project)

Disturbing drone footage seems to show New York prisoners burying coffins in a mass grave.

The video, filmed on Hart Island in the Bronx, shows a group of prisoners wearing protective gear as they sink coffins into the ground. A bulldozer is then seen dumping dirt on the coffins, which bordered one end of a long trench.

Hart Island has been used to bury the unclaimed dead in New York for over 150 years. The island is the largest mass cemetery in the United States, containing over a million unclaimed bodies, although the coronavirus epidemic, which has killed more than 6,000 in New York State, has propelled the island in the national spotlight as the city struggles to keep up with its rising death toll.

The office of New York City’s chief medical examiner announced Tuesday that unclaimed bodies would no longer be kept in a city cold store for 30 days, which was the city’s previous policy. Instead, they will now hold unclaimed bodies for less than a week before sending them to the mass grave on Hart Island, which is called City Cemetary.

“While we aim to accommodate the many New Yorkers who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the office of the New York City chief medical examiner will provide temporary storage of the deceased for up to six days Said the office in the announcement. .

“If an accused is not called within six days, the deceased will be transferred to a temporary burial in the city cemetery. “

The strange recently released video on the drone was shot and produced by the Hart Island Project, a non-profit organization led by Melinda Hunt, who said 23 bodies were buried on the day of the shooting.

Hunt told the New York Post that she did not know if prisoners buried victims of coronavirus, but said that there were more burials during the epidemic which seemed more organized. However, officials said no coronavirus victims were buried on the island, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that the city could use the city cemetery to increase the death toll.

“It is a much more orderly burial operation now than it was until recently. I think people want to know. “



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