In what authorities stated was a premeditated beatdown, a gang of six Rikers Island jail inmates attacked a New York Metropolis correction officer Saturday.
The unidentified 39-year-old officer was hospitalized in critical situation, Michael Skelly, a spokesman for the Correction Officers Benevolent Affiliation, told the New York Post.
Media reviews stated the officer had suffered a damaged neck or “fractured backbone.”
In line with inner data, the beating passed off within the George Motchan Detention Focus on 6:30 p.m. A recognized Bloods gang member — recognized as Steven Espinal — struck the officer within the head earlier than 5 different inmates joined in, the New York Daily News reported.
Responding officers used pepper spray on the attackers to cease the beating, data stated.
A jail insider reportedly overheard Espinal planning the assault whereas speaking on the telephone earlier Saturday, the Every day Information reported.
Jail officer unions have slammed New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio for enacting insurance policies that they are saying have facilitated extra violence within the jail. In 2015, De Blasio ended solitary confinement for inmates 21 and youthful, and as an alternative ordered them despatched them to “Transitional Restoration Models” for counseling.
All the inmates in Saturday’s assault have been 21 or youthful, stated Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Affiliation.
“The mayor’s insurance policies are going to get considered one of us killed,” he stated. “Tomorrow they may get visits and store within the commissary like everybody else.”
The inmates will face further legal fees, a division official stated.