Prison officials at the Camp Street Prison were stoned by inmates while carrying out an operation on March 3, 2016, one inmate admitted while testifying before the Commission of Inquiry on Monday.
One month after the fiery unrest inside the jailhouse which left 17 inmates dead, 23 – year – old Trevor Williams took the stand and claimed that Deputy Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels was stoned by prisoners in Capitol B on the day.
Williams is housed in Capitol B Division. The murder accused said he could not confirm who threw the piece of rock.
“Samuels tell me to come outside and I was scared because he had a gun and he ask me who throw the rock and I said no,” he explained.
Samuels is the Officer who inmates claimed ordered that the door to the burning Division be locked.
Inmates claimed that it was the refusal of the prison officials to open the door that led to the demise of 17 persons. Samuels was sent on six weeks leave one day after the deadly unrest.
Collis Collison, the inmate alleged of being a ringleader in the Camp Street Prison, made his second appearance before the Commission of Inquiry into the March 3 unrest, claiming that disorderly prisoners were usually beaten by prison officials.
Other inmates claimed that a search of Collison in the yard of the prison on March 3 sparked the uproar among prisoners who believe that he was unfairly treated.
Video evidence shows that Collison was engaged in brief scuffle with ranks from the prison task force before he was subdued and placed on the ground.
Under cross-examination by Attorney Selwyn Pieters, the prisoner denied that he attacked a prison officer. “That’s a lie,” he exclaimed when the suggestion was put to him.
Collison denied that he resisted the search and was non – compliant. Attorney Pieters claimed that Collison was a ring leader in the prison.
The inmate was seen on Facebook posing with several other prisoners and with a large quantity of what appeared to be parceled marijuana for sale.
Collison claimed that he was badly beaten by the officers and even lost consciousness for a short while. He said he did not fight back for fear of being shipped off to another prison.
Williams backed up Collison’s evidence and claimed that he was cooperative during the search. He said it was the officers who attacked Collison and cuffed him on his hands and feet.