Jason Walker reports on brutal attack on Black inmate in a Texas prison facility by white guards.
By Jason Renard Walker
Seconds after having his cell gassed by Polunsky Unit’s Lieutenant Corbett, Marquis Kingbury #2303732, a black inmate, was nearly killed by Corbett, Sergeant Schwartz, and a team of racist white guards in riot gear, as they rushed into his solitary confinement cell with a large shield and riot baton on July 22 2021, between 1:25 pm and 1:49pm. I was Kingbury’s neighbor and a witness.
It was the most senseless and brutalizing beating I’ve ever heard. After nearly five minutes of the sound of punching, kicking, and a riot baton being used, Kingbury was cuffed and pulled out of his cell. Kingbury’s left eye was badly bruised and swollen shut; his jaw seemed dislocated; his mouth hung open as thick blood drained out. He did mention that his fingers were broken and he was beaten in the head, over and over. Pictures of his face and body were taken.
A short, white or hispanic, female nurse was called after the beating, she viewed Kingbury’s injuries from over 50 feet away and deemed he didn’t need medical care. Kingbury obviously had a concussion and was too dazed and beaten to accept or deny any treatment. He was terrorized. “Ima just leave that shit alone cause they might come back and do it again,” he said in response to me asking if he needed me to have his family contacted. “I thought I was gonna die.”
During the attempted murder, a short black female guard with dyed blonde hair silently looked on through the portable video camera. Several minutes into it she closed her eyes in disbelief.
Corbett falsely yelled over and over “stop resisting” as Kingbury lay unconscious and defenseless. Witnesses say he was out the entire time. “They knocked me out, woke me back up, knock me out and woke me back up” Kingbury said, still dazed and confused.
It is highly questionable whether the portable video camera was even recording. In the event it was, incriminating evidence was picked up. The duration and sound of the beating itself will tell a lay person that Kingbury couldn’t possibly have resisted that long, given he’s only 5’9″ and less than 160 lbs. Even more so, the reason they entered his cell was out of ill will and malice. It would be absurd to record such a thing then pass it off as a legal use of force and the utilizing of the “minimum amount of force necessary to gain compliance”, when Kingbuy was never out of compliance, and the force overkill.
I didn’t actually see the camera on and pointed in Kingbury’s direction until after he’d been placed back in the cell and the use of force statement read and given to him. Prior to this, the camera seemed to be pointing down the hallway, no red light on or flashing.
An hour or so after, Sgt Schwartz, a racist white guard that stands 6’7″ and over 300 lbs, approached my cell door, threatening to do me “like I did your neighbor” if and when I reported what happened to Kingbury. Killing and assaulting prisoners is what this group of ranking guards are known for. They just happen to have a Death Row mentality administration that condones and advances their actions through the false documentation of records and destruction and spoliation of evidence favorable to the prisoner.
Death Row captain ordered guards to beat prisoner
The entire incident stemmed from a false allegation made by Officer Barker, a vindictive white female guard, that Kingbury had urinated on her through the food tray slot of his cell door. Not only had his food tray slot been closed, Barker had just denied Kingbury his lunch meal and prewarned him that she’d order guards to kick his ass if he didn’t shut up complaining. “You gon’ write me up?” she asked me.
The ordering of beatdowns by white female guards is a common occurrence at Polunsky Unit’s “II building”; a place that houses inmates awaiting transfer for being in fear of other inmates, Covid quarantine, pre-hearing detention (for major disciplinary cases), and where Kingbury and I were housed (I’ve since been moved to general population). Regardless of custody level, inmates are handcuffed before leaving the cell and are at the mercy of guards for the most basic needs. It’s single cell housing.
A black female, identified as Captain Carter, responded to the false urinating claim. “I’m ’bout to get yo ass sprayed,” she told Kingbury.
Moments later, the all-white, oversized, illegal cell extraction team showed up. Illegal in the sense that four out of the six were ranking guards, unauthorized to do a cell extraction.
A guard that asked to remain anonymous, out of fear of social media bashing, contests that Sgt Schwartz and others laughed in the 12-building supervisor’s office as they watched the footage of Kingbury’s beating. Meaning that there’s a chance an archive of videos exist in their possession, depicting innocent prisoners being gassed and beaten.
“Man, I’m on the hot seat right now, they even think I talked about that video I’m gone” he said, and concluded “ain’t nobody killing they self, them ranks putting in work back here.”
What you can do to help
Sgt Schwartz threatened to beat Jason Renard Walker like he beat Kingbury if he spoke on the matter. These guards are under Cpt Carter’s influence, control and authority. She authorized the attempted murder of Kingbury and there’s nothing stopping her from silencing those that bear witness.
Please email the TDCJ Ombudsman Office and file a complaint. Also request that an investigation be conducted on the female camera operator that deliberately recorded a video that 12 Building Supervisors are using as a laughing stock and training instrument for newly-arriving rogue guards. The incident was on July 22, 2021.
Request that those involved in the attempted murder of Kingbury be fired and criminal charges filed. Be sure to mention that the public is watching and any assaults, bogus disciplinaries, threats and retaliation on Walker for speaking out will be handled accordingly.
Dare to struggle, dare to win. All power to the people!
Jason Renard Walker #1532092
387 FM 350 S
Livingston, TX 77351-8580
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