Please note: the phone system was down at Donaldson Prison (Bessemer, Alabama) since Friday 01-21-05. I had just called the prison about an hour ago to report that I had not heard from my husband since Thursday night and wanted to know if something was wrong at the camp. The woman I spoke to said they were having trouble with the phones and “No tellin’ when they’d be up again.”
A few minutes ago I learned the reason for the phones being shut down. Sending this to news reporter, Carla Crowder, to investigate:
Friday 01-21-05 guards at Donaldson Prison beat a mental patient inmate to death. It is said that the Deputy Warden was trying to keep everything about this under the carpet, but Warden Bullard entered the scene and said, “No, I want the truth.”
The murdered inmate (name currently unknown) was handcuffed behind his back and his arms were tied with a sheet so he could not move. And then he was beaten to death by guards. It is said that the inmate who was murdered Friday was beaten in I-block, taken to the infirmary and beaten again to death. From all indications there was blood all up the hall and even on the walls, but this was cleaned up right away, destroying the evidence and violating the rules that say no evidence is to be destroyed until I&I has had a chance to investigate.
One guard who is well known at the Donaldson camp as being “unstable and crazy”, kicking doors and screaming, is said to be one of the killers in Friday’s murder. This guard is said to be an officer but not a Lieutenant. It is said that this guard is the one who got the inmate saying he was taking him to the Shift Office but instead took the inmate out to the asphalt and proceeded to try to provoke a fight.
So far, known witnesses are said to be:
1. Ms. Lawson, nurse
2. Mr. Greene, nurse
3. One other nurse
4. Inmate Jimmy Sides from G dorm
What was done to the inmate is a crime and the people responsible for this inmate’s murder need to go to trial and prison. We hope we do not see a mere slap on their hands for killing another human being just because they were a badge and have the title of “corrections officer”. We hope we do not see a report that says this inmate committed suicide.
I will be posting further information as it becomes available.