A South Carolina prison is under critique after officers dragged a man outside and left him to die after he was stabbed by two fellow inmates.
Allen 'AJ' Capers, 32, is seen writhing around as he bled to death on New Year's Eve 2017 and it took 30 minutes for Turbeville Correctional Institution staff to show up and help the injured man, a video shows.
An incident report states that an officer walking through a wing close to where Capers was stabbed saw, 'bloody hand prints on the shower doors, and blood on the walls entering the unit'.
According to an officer report, guards radioed 'main control' to say 'medical assistance was needed as soon as possible' but the footage shows he was left in the cold on the day when temperatures were only at a high of 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
Allen Capers was stabbed to death by fellow inmate on New Year's Eve a year and a half ago
He is seen writhing around as he bled to death December 31, 2017 and guards simply walk by
It took 30 minutes for help from staff at Turbeville Correctional Institution, South Carolina
After 24 minutes, an inmate is the first to show some kind of attempt to help and minutes later more bring a stretcher.
Numerous correction officers are seen pacing past as Capers was dying.
'Following an inmate altercation at Turbeville one inmate was killed and eight inmates were sent for offsite medical attention,' the South Carolina Department of Corrections tweeted at 7.37pm that day.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
It was after they had posted updates on how they along with South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were responding to an incident, isolated to one housing unit and that there was no threat to the public.
They reassured followers – some concerned family of inmates - that all staff were safe and accounted for and that the facility had been secured.
Almost a year and a half later, loved ones still have no answer for why Capers was neglected.
Fellow inmates brought over a wheelchair and tried to help after 24 minutes by walked away
Capers, 32, had been dragged outside by officers who said they had radioed for help
Help was sent for Capers in the form of a stretcher but by then he'd stopped moving
He had been locked up since childhood due to involvement in an armed robbery he was said to be remorseful for.
The head of South Carolina's Department of Corrections has admitted they did wrong.
'We should've done more to help,' Bryan Stirling said. 'I don't know if he should've died. I know that we should have done more to render aid.'
The deceased inmate's mother Debra Dickson has filed a lawsuit against the prison system for the state.
'I want justice, for Allen. I want change by whoever has the ability to actually change it,' the parent told NBC News. 'I don't want any mother to go through what I am going through. Don't wait till it happens to another inmate. Don't wait until another mother is sitting in this chair.'
But she will not watch the released footage of his passing.
South Carolina's Department of Corrections tweeted updates about the wellbeing of staff
It shows injured Capers – who was set for release in 2026 - get up and run at one point but he falls to the ground after just a few steps.
Later inmates seem unsure of what to do after fetching a wheelchair, meanwhile officers are running in various directions except toward Capers.
After a brief chat with a correctional officer they walk away with the wheelchair.
Later staff bring a stretcher but the man appears lifeless at that point.
'I don't encourage any mother who gave birth to her child to see her child tortured,' the mother continued. 'I want to remember my child as I knew him.'
Dickson would tell Capers during visits: 'I want to put you in my pocket and take you home with me.'
Deceased man's mother Debra Dickson has filed a lawsuit against Department of Corrections and is unable to watch the video of her son dying
Justin Bamberg from South Carolina's House of Representatives, and the lawyer for the deceased man's family, said: 'Just because you go to prison doesn't mean you have been sentenced to death'
He would reply: 'Mom, you know I can't do that.'
A riot broke out the day of Capers' death and an incident report says offenders were 'running around with makeshift weapons, shanks, chair parts, fire extinguishers'.
The document states all of the victim's belongings were stolen after and a guard claimed a confidential informant told him the name of someone who could have been behind the violent spree.
The testimony states the informant asked for the name of person who attacked Capers not to be revealed.
Prison officials eventually seized what they believe to be the murder weapon, according to the report.
Head of South Carolina's Department of Corrections, Bryan Stirling, said: 'We should've done more to help'
The state in 2017 led the country in the number of contraband cell phones, NBC News reported.
Inmates are said to use them to bribe people on the outside and hits were ordered on prisoners using the devices.
Prisoners even appear to have a device as they film him dying from inside the building.
Bamberg Legal shared the harrowing full-length footage from the prison.
Justin Bamberg from South Carolina's House of Representatives, and the lawyer for the deceased man's family, wants prison reform now.
'There's no excuse for breaking the law,' Bamberg said. 'But just because you go to prison doesn't mean you have been sentenced to death.'
A riot broke out the day of Capers' death and an incident report says offenders were 'running around with makeshift weapons, shanks, chair parts, fire extinguishers' at Turbeville
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