4 Rikers correction officers have been rushed to the hospital after what their union reps name an unprovoked assault by an inmate who’s a Bloods gang member.
The violence left the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Affiliation demanding the resignation of Metropolis Council member Danny Dromm, who has lobbied since 2017 for reforming and in the end shutting the jail in his Queens district.
“Final evening, 4 devoted NYC Correction Officers have been despatched to the hospital after being brutally assaulted by a gang member,” COBA President Benny Boscio Jr. mentioned in an announcement.
The assault occurred at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Rikers’ Otis Bantum Correctional Middle, Boscio mentioned.
A Correction Officer was letting an inmate out of his cell when the inmate — a Bloods member being held on a felony cost — allegedly jumped him, Boscio mentioned.
The inmate punched the officer within the face, “fracturing his nostril with blood in all places,” Boscio mentioned.
The guard additionally suffered a concussion, Boscio mentioned, and three officers who rushed to assist subdue the inmate suffered accidents together with a damaged finger and sprained wrists.
“This incident is simply one of many numerous assaults on our Correction Officers which have occurred just lately. Assaults on our officers are up 15 p.c this yr. As a substitute of holding the assaultive inmates accountable for his or her crimes, Council Member Danny Dromm blames the victims of those assaults.
“He has failed our Correction Officers and his victim-blaming is a shame to the workplace he holds. He should resign now!”
As just lately as this week, Dromm has criticized what he referred to as abusive situations at Rikers — suffered, he mentioned, by inmates, not officers. He couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
He has sponsored a invoice calling for a ban on solitary confinement in metropolis jails.