Disturbing new video has surfaced showing a group of inmates viciously beating another incarcerated man with a broomstick at a New Jersey lockup — with one of the attackers hurling a microwave at the unconscious victim, according to the clip and his attorneys.
The caught-on-camera beatdown at the Essex County Correctional Facility left Jayshawn Boyd, 22, fighting for his life in a coma, his lawyers said Monday.
Video of the Sept. 23 attack shows six other inmates on top of Boyd at one point, repeatedly punching and stomping him until he’s knocked unconscious.
Some of the inmates then double back, including one who hits the incapacitated man with an industrial mop bucket, drenching him with cleaning solution. Another inmate then heaves a microwave directly at Boyd’s head, the video shows.
It’s unclear what set off the assault.
Boyd — who suffers from schizophrenia — was initially taken into custody at the jail on Sept. 9 and attacked just after being housed in a “designated gang unit,” his lawyer Michael Thomas Licciardi told The Post Monday.
“That’s something we don’t know at this point,” Licciardi said. “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.”
Seven inmates at the jail are now facing charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault and third-degree rioting in the attack, Licciardi said.
A spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office identified the suspects in the clip as inmates Byad Lockett, Darryl Watson, Isaad Jackson, Tyshon Armour, Henry Asencio, Jaquil Anderson and Maurice Hutchins. They were charged in October, but the cases have yet to go before a grand jury, the spokeswoman said Monday.
“Right in the beginning, you see Jayshawn’s hands up, but five guys are on him right away and grabbing anything they can to assault him,” Licciardi said of the clip.
Boyd remained in critical condition Monday in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Newark, Licciardi said.
Jail officials were “deliberately indifferent” to the beatdown, according to a notice of claim alleging that negligence and improper training by the Essex County Department of Corrections prompted the attack.
“Damages in this matter are continuing and are yet to be determined, as the extent and permanence of Mr. Boyd’s injuries are as yet unknown,” a letter attached to the filing reads.
The claim alleges Boyd’s constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment were violated by jail officials who put him in confinement that carried a “substantial and unreasonable” risk of harm.
An Essex County spokesman declined to comment on the notice of claim or matters under investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, NJ.com reported earlier this month.
Licciardi said Boyd, of Elizabeth, was not in a gang and was likely to be sentenced to five years of probation in two 2020 domestic altercations involving his mother and brother.
But Boyd failed to appear for his sentencing in July and was later arrested on a bench warrant before being taken to the Essex County jail, Licciardi said.
The footage from inside the lockup also clearly showed a lack of officers responding to the melee, the attorney said.
“On top of how truly disturbing the footage is, it’s equally disturbing to see no involvement of any kind of corrections officers,” Licciardi continued. “The attack goes on for multiple minutes; it’s a conscious lack of intervention.”