16 Correction Officers Injured In Rikers Melee

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a dozen New York City correction officers were injured while quelling fights between inmates awaiting pretrial hearings at a Rikers Island jail.

New York City Correction Department spokesman Steven Morello said two separate fights involving six inmates broke out at the Otis Bantum Correction Center at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

He said responding officers were assaulted by the quarreling inmates before everything was quickly brought under control, leaving 13 correction officers and 3 captains injured.

Morello said the injuries were non-life threatening. He did not say what caused the fights.

The investigation is continuing.

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  • BananaAna

    were dealing with a new breed of prisoner, heavy drug addicted, out of control behaviors, no care of concern for other people (in or out of the jail) and all we have are the people who are not in anyway affiliated with the jail making decisions of good quality of life for these yeah, i’m going to say it worst then animals. God help the officers who are serious out their jobs.

  • christian

    Brother, you’re NOT supposed to go there , Ofcourse you’re glad. let me tell you bro, anybody not in there is glad.

  • Fanta Fantazamaraz

    I,m sure glad I,m NOT in there !

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