by Jason Renard Walker
The purpose of this report is to inform prisoners living in Polunsky Unit’s death row and ad-seg cell blocks on ways to protect themselves and their property against Polunsky’s deadly cell extraction teams and silent partners who use their job titles to assist in the coverups.
I’ve also listed the known actors and usual suspects who, I’ve learned, make up a small piece of the administration’s murder squad hierarchy.
This is being done in an effort to fully update those living in these environments on who these clowns are and what to expect (if you aren’t already on point) when they surprisingly pop up at your cell door, for reasons unrelated to any need for a use of force, yet with clear intentions of a race-motivated beat down.
Meet the mob
Staff at the Polunsky Unit [prisons in Texas are called “units” – ed.] maximum security unit in Livingston, Texas center the acts of abusive and violently unprovoked cell extractions as tools of social control against prone and isolated prisoners of color and unpopular social groups like gay and transgender prisoners. Simply, those not adhering to the happy slave status quo.
When I say “staff,” I’m simply referring to all TDCJ employees that are in cahoots – like nurses, grievances investigators, commissary workers and whatnot.
It is a well-known fact that a closet gangbanger by the rank and name of Capt. Carter is the orchestrator and head of Polunsky Unit’s “murder squad.” Warden Dickerson serves as her underwriter, with Lt. Sligher and Sgt. Schwarz serving as the enforcers, coupled with a camera operator named Officer Wootley as the recorder of the beatings.
Their silent partners include a white female named Officer Barker, a white male named Officer Aragon and a white female named Officer Redding, aka Big Bird. All three of these individuals normally work 11-Building and other areas of the unit, where a prisoner is always isolated and toted around in arm and leg restraints.
Always keep a jar of baby powder handy – patting it on your face and body will absorb sweat and the oily chemical agent.
Officer Barker is responsible for ordering the beating of Marquis Kingsbury #2303732 on July 22, 2021, by falsely telling Capt. Carter he urinated on her through the food slot on his cell door.(1)
Carter notified Schwarz. The team suited up and tried to kill Kingsbury on camera with no regards to future consequences, since Dickerson and Carter involved themselves in the investigation. Both Aragon and Redding made failed efforts to get my “ass kicked” days before Kingsbury’s beating.
If any readers are aware of any other staff that are part of the hierarchy, please send me your detailed reports, affidavits and evidence to add to the ongoing investigation. Mail to: Central Texas ABC, PO Box 7907, Austin, TX 78713.
Simple ways to protect yourself
Incarcerated readers who have managed to keep up with my writings for years are aware that I stayed in Ad-Seg for nearly a decade. I was housed in both 12-Building and E.CB at Clements Unit in Amarillo(2). Many of my articles on Clements are posted to my website, www.jasonsprisonjournal.com [and to www.sfbayview.com – ed.].
So I’m well aware of having my property taken and destroyed; bogus write-ups; being gassed and stripped naked for days; being denied meals, rec and showers under the “verbally refused” banner; while filing Step 1 and Step 2 grievances that are intentionally denied or misconstrued so that my concerns weren’t addressed.
Though it’s been years since my release from Ad-Seg, I still concern myself with helping those that remain under such restraints, even at the cost of expending my own time, money and resources.
The following list and instructions are things you can practice to: increase your chances of avoiding vindictive cell extractions; minimize the amount of damage inflicted if a cell extraction does occur; reduce loss of property and ward off future attacks and retaliation for complaining. Not to mention creating bonds with your neighbors.
1. Unite with your neighbors and create a culture of resistance. A culture of resistance is an act of creating a community for you and those around you, based on respecting each other’s person, space and property and conducting yourself in a principled manner as men.
Avoid feeding into the childish games guards tend to play. Since, in effect, it is the loss of a verbal battle and their cowardice to fight on equal terms that prompts assaultive cell extractions and property theft. Avoid dry taunting and instigating based on the fallacy that they won’t jeopardize their job to carelessly retaliate; be more open to seeking help from each other without the expectation of charging or paying a fee; recognize who your real enemies are.
Some wear gas-saturated gloves – or ones with barbs on the fingertips – to assist with eye gouging.
When guards enter your cell block, they should feel the vibe that weak divide and conquer tactics, Stockholm Syndrome and the like have no effect and are subject to immediate exposure and rejection by the residents – vis-a-vis a culture of resistance.
This step will take time, effort and agitated struggle. Most prisoners in isolation have a passion and need to emotionally attach themselves to those of uniformed authority, while happily rejecting the trust and care of those around them that offer it, based solely on the fact that guards treat those people this same way.
Cell extraction teams have a tendency to prey where the least signs of united resistance are present and thrive where inmates clap, bang and applaud them to do as they please. The amount of injury they inflict is determined by the approval they receive as they build their momentum to enter the cell.
2. Always keep a jar of baby powder handy. Following an illegal cell extraction, you will usually be tossed back into the empty gassed-up cell naked. So when a cell extraction is imminent, toss piles of baby powder under the toilet, inside the lockers and under the bunk. Patting it on your face and body will absorb sweat and the oily chemical agent. It soothes instantly. Also share it as needed. Never rub your body with water.
3. As the cell door opens, ball up in front of it, using your arms and elbows to protect your head and face. Bring your knees up to your chest to protect your stomach and ribs. This not only minimizes the damage you would normally receive. It slows down their bulldozing momentum and technique tremendously. It also hampers the last three guards (of the five-man minimum) from getting free licks without it clearly being on camera, as they will be unable to use their momentum to crash into you.
4. Scream out loud that you are not resisting. They will immediately tell you to stop resisting, while keeping you pinned on your back and your hands pinned to your side so you can’t block any punches, eye pokes, throat grips or testicle crushes. It’s best if you roll on your stomach as soon as they enter, but that takes practice. And keep your eyes closed. Some wear gas-saturated gloves – or ones with barbs on the fingertips – to assist with eye gouging.
5. Any witnessing prisoners should always keep in mind that the portable camera picks up sound. Demand witness statements by saying, “My name is so-and-so. I live in so-and-so cell and witnessed so-and-so; I need a witness statement.” Of course you won’t get one! But what this does is provide audio evidence that the supervising guard(s) failed to follow policy, by providing witness statements to those reporting an excessive use of force. Your denial should be followed up by grieving it using a Step 1, then a Step 2.
6. Before “the team” arrives, anything you can’t afford to lose should be sent to a neighbor to prevent guard theft and destruction, as you’ll be without whatever they don’t toss for quite some time. Witnesses should keep journals of the events.
7. Keep your mouth closed and slowly breathe out of your nose once you’re thrown back in the cell. Don’t attempt to wipe gas off the wall. Toss baby powder on any visible stains and blotches.
It’s a shame that a report like this has to be made. But in environments where we are left to fend for ourselves, it’s always safety first.
Dare to struggle, dare to win! All power to the people!
Send our brother some love and light: Jason Renard Walker, 1532092, Connally Unit, 899 FM 632, Kenedy, TX 78119. And visit his website, at https://jasonsprisonjournal.com/.
(2) I give descriptions of the horrors unfortunate prisoners faced and more in my paperback book “Reports From Within the Belly of the Beast: Torture and Injustice inside Texas Department of Criminal Justice”, available on amazon.com.