After South Carolina prisoner brutalized, guard recommends writing to the Bay View

Three layers of fencing surround McCormick Correctional Institution with razor wire lining them from top to bottom. This expensive and excessive effort to keep prisoners from escaping may signal to guards that excessive violence is acceptable in this maximum security facility. – Photo: Greenwood Index Journal

by Kinjta Kadeem Sadler

I have been physically restrained by the warden at McCormick Correctional Institution, shot by the riot gun and dragged out of the dorm in handcuffs while going in and out of consciousness. I was escorted to a lockup cell where I was stripped of my clothing, mattress, blanket, sheets, personal property and toilet tissue. I was forced to sleep on cold steel without sheets or clothing in inclement weather on Dec. 28, 2018. From Dec. 29-31, 2018, I was badly bleeding and never seen by medical doctors.

On Dec. 28, 2018, Associate Warden Robertson, Capt. Terry and numerous other unknown officers raided my cell for an unknown reason with riot gear, gas masks and shields. Associate Warden Robertson told Capt. Terry to open my cell, where I was in my room, and shot me twice with the riot gun. His so-called “reason” was an incident that happened before this one.

I wrote a Step 1 grievance about this incident and never got any answer or had anyone come speak with me. Ever since Dec. 28, 2018, my mail, request forms and responses to officers have been late or not answered.

I have no family members but my mother. I have no lawyer or funds to assist me in getting a lawyer for this issue. It’s as though without money no lawyers will write or contact me back. I am back in population now, where a correctional officer told me to contact y’all and maybe y’all can help me.

This is an issue that the people need to know: how we are being treated back here in the South Carolina prison system, and how they get away and try to cover their steps when they have been wrongly treating inmates. I want to sue and press charges against the officers and associate warden on this issue, but with the grievance lady working for and with the warden at the institution, it will be hard to raise my claim. And with me being indigent, won’t no one hear my case or statement.

So, if you or anyone can help me on this issue, please ask for the video recorder on the Dec. 28, 2018, and ask for the name of other officers and request me an attorney so we can serve justice. I already started – well, I tried – they haven’t wrote me back at all.

Send our brother some love and light: Kinjta Kadeem Sadler, 353966, McCormick CI, 386 Redemption Way, McCormick, SC 29899.