Jayshawn Boyd: Inmates throw microwaves on mentally ill man's head in CHILLING jail video

Jayshawn Boyd was attacked by a group of inmates who beat him up till he was unconscious

                            Jayshawn Boyd: Inmates throw microwaves on mentally ill man's head in CHILLING jail video
Jayshawn Boyd was badly beaten by inmates at the Essex County correctional facility (Essex County correctional facility)

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A frightening video was shared on social media on Sunday, November 21, showing a prison gang beating a schizophrenic inmate till he was unconscious with anything they could get their hands on, including an industrial broom and a microwave.

On September 23, a group of seven inmates began beating Jayshawn Boyd, 22, in a common area of New Jersey's Essex County Correctional Facility, according to the video.


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Guards did little to stop the heinous attack. As Boyd falls to the ground, the assailants surround him and begin beating him up. One of them was seen wielding an industrial broom, which he used to strike Boyd with while the other convicts continued to pound and stomp on him. The convicts also look for other objects with which to strike the victim.

Jayshawn Boyd, 22, was attacked in a common place at the Essex County correctional facility (Essex County correctional facility)

One man emerges from a supply closet with a pail of mop water, which he pours over Boyd while another stomps on his head. After that, a shirtless inmate is seen grabbing a garbage can and throwing it at Boyd, before turning around and throwing a microwave at him four times. Boyd's head is hit by the device. Others quickly join in, hurling all they have at the victim.


The two-minute video concludes with one of the inmates rushing up to Boyd, who is lying motionless on the ground with blood splashed all over him, and striking him with the broom once again. It's still unclear what sparked the attack. On Monday, November 22, Michael Thomas Licciardi, an assistant attorney for Brooke Barnett, who represents Boyd, told The New York Post, "That's something we don't know at this point."

Inmate trying to hit Boyd with microwave (picture credit: Essex County correctional facility)


"It appeared to be pretty quick, within minutes of him getting into the common area. We just received a copy of the video from a family member, who received it anonymously. "

Boyd's hands were clearly up when five of the individuals in the video began attacking him, according to Licciardi. Boyd's lawyers filed a tort action against Essex County officials late last month, alleging that correctional employees violated Boyd's constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment by placing him in a 'gang unit', despite the fact that Boyd is not a gang member.

On September 9, Boyd was arrested for two domestic disputes involving his mother and brother. According to NJ.com, Boyd was transported from the Essex County jail to Ann Klein, a psychiatric institution in May as he awaited sentencing and a trial for the domestic assaults. He was released pending sentencing and was scheduled to enter a guilty plea to criminal mischief and unauthorized possession of a firearm, but he did not show up for his sentencing on July 28.

Boyd was taken to the Essex County jail after surrendering to a bench warrant at the Union County courtroom. Byad Lockett, Darryl Watson, Isaad Jackson, Tyshon Armour, Henry Asencio, Jaquil Anderson, and Maurice Hutchins, according to Essex County officials, attacked him shortly after. The men were charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and third-degree rioting, but their cases have yet to go before a grand jury, according to the New York Post.

No prison personnel was spotted trying to stop the brawl during the whole incident, according to Boyd's attorneys. "It's equally frightening to witness no involvement of any kind of prison officers," Licciardi added, noting that the attack lasts for several minutes.

He claimed that it's a deliberate lack of intervention. Boyd's lawyers argue that jail authorities were "deliberately oblivious" to the beating in a notice of claim filed last month, arguing that the Essex County Department of Corrections' carelessness and faulty training provoked the attack. County officials, according to Essex County spokesman Anthony Puglisi, do not comment on topics that are currently under investigation.

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