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No Jury. No Trial. Just Brute Force

May 17, 2022

By Pam Bailey

This is the account pieced together by Larry Evans, father of Jamar Green, currently incarcerated at FCI Manchester, a medium-security federal prison in Kentucky.

First, it’s important to know that Jamar isn’t shy about writing officers up when they are abusive, and he helps others do the same. He knows the law and he knows his rights. And he makes that known, which isn’t welcomed.

On March 25, Officer W. Hubbard and Lt. Turner approached Jamar when he was at breakfast, accusing him of planning to incite a riot in his pod. He responded that he didn’t know what they were talking about. Hubbard retorted, “Don’t be smart. This is FCI Manchester.” Then he threatened to trash Jamar’s cell. As is his habit, Jamar replied that if he did that, he’d write the officer up. 

While Jamar was still at breakfast, Hubbard went to Jamar’s cell and told his cellmate to go to the shower. His cellmate alerted Jamar, and when he got back to his cell, he found that Hubbard had pulled everything out of his locker, including all his clothes and program materials. They threw all of his paperwork away. 

About 10 minutes later, five officers came to Jamar’s door and told him to cuff up. When he objected, one of them, B. Smith, told him to shut the fuck up. Then they told him to pull his socks down before they shackled his ankles. The officers did that so the shackles would cut deeper. They squeezed them as tight as they would go.

The officers forced him to double over, with his handcuffed hands behind his back, and took him across the pod to Lt. Carderas’ office—about 250 feet. The entire way, they taunted him, calling him names. What happened should all be caught on the surveillance cameras, but in the lieutenant’s office, where two other officers waited, there weren’t any.

When the cops told him to stand up, they asked Jamar again why he was trying to start a riot in his pod. Once again, he said he hadn’t been starting any trouble. Then they let loose. Lt. Carderas told the officers to slam Jamar face-first to the floor. Meanwhile, he was still handcuffed and shackled. Jamar was repeatedly punched and kicked, including in his ribs where an old bullet was still lodged. But that wasn’t enough. They cut off his clothes, and when he was naked, he felt a cold object, maybe a baton, inserted between his butt cheeks.

Jamar shouted, “What are you doing?!” He was told to shut up by Lt. Turner and that’s when Carderas told them to stand him up. They again accused him of trying to incite a riot. He repeated that he had not done anything. They put chains around Jamar’s torso, pulled it as tight as they could and took him to the SHU.

Every time Jamar tries to file a complaint, they tear it up. They aren’t letting anything get through. We first learned what happened when my wife’s son, who is in the same prison, alerted us. Finally, we got a letter from Jamar.  

He said he’s been told they’re transferring him to a high-security prison, when he should be at a low facility with his points.  

Nobody should have to endure a beating like that when you didn’t do what you were accused of. And you should be able to file a grievance without hindrance and retaliation.

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