Officer’s Thumb Bitten Off By Inmate At Rikers Island

NEW YORK (CBS) — A Rikers Island correction officer had a portion of his apparently thumb bitten off by a inmate and two other officers suffered injuries after a violent brawl broke out Thursday night in the prison, officials from the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association said Friday.

According to the COBA, the incident happened about 10:45 p.m. Thursday inside the Anna M. Kross Center. It’s not clear what led to the altercation, but COBA officials said one officer suffered lacerations to his hand and another was treated for palpitations. The third officer’s thumb was bitten off and severed at the knuckle, they reported.

All three were rushed to Bellevue Hospital where they were treated and released. Their identities were not revealed.

COBA President Norman Seabrook lashed out at prison brass, saying the only high-ranking official from the Correction Department to respond was a “low-level deputy warden” and that the chief of the department and correction commissioner also weren’t present.

“Budget cuts and savage inmates are literally eating away at our membership.  It is inexcusable for the Correction Commissioner to be MIA while our members are being so viciously attacked,” Seabrook said in a statement.

The Department of Corrections told 1010 WINS, however, that staffing was not a factor in this incident or any other recent incidents. In a statement, officials said, “The Commissioner faithfully, unfailingly goes to the hospital to visit officers when they are injured on duty. Its unfair to criticize her this time, because only the flow of communication and the relatively short amount of time the officer spent at the hospital prevented her from being there last night.”

Department officials also said the officer’s thumb was only partially severed and that the incident was a one-on-one altercation.

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  2. MS.MS says:

    YOU SAID A MOUTH FULL WHEN YOU TOOK ME THERE WITH THAT ONE AIN’T THAT THE REAL TRUTH THOUGH BECAUSE IT JUST DON’T MAKE NO $$ IF IT DON’T MAKE CENTS

  3. AIN'T THAT A SHAME says:

    THAT’S ALL CRIMINAL NEED IS BREAD AND BUTTER nO i DO NOT FEEL NO SYMPATHY FOR THEM

  4. mS.mS. says:

    I WILL VOTE FOR BREAD AND BUTTER FOR CRIMINALS YAY!!!

  5. Stanley bronx says:

    The prison guards are the real animals ! The mojority of them are uneducadated black man . If it weren’t for the fact that you need zero experence to get the job , half the the gaurds themselves would be locked up .
    So before you call the inmate an animal check the facts . Because chances are the gaurd provoked and deserved what he got .

    1. Send Stan back.. says:

      “Stan—the ignorant”..from the sounds of your racist rants..you either just awoke from a drunken stupor..or perhaps you’ve had quite a bit of a run-in with one of them yourself..What happened ?..Were you just realeased ??? Sounds like you’re screaming from experience..

    2. To school you go Stan says:

      Stan from the looks of your spelling I believe you to be UNEDUCATED !!

      YOU SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN SKOOL A LITTTLE LOONNGER..get the picture
      STAN FROM THE BORONX

    3. steven says:

      I so agree on this what Stanley said………

  6. Boat is awaiting says:

    This is the outcome when you’re working in the environment with caged animals. Put them all on a boat and sail them off to Afghanistan, let them exert all their animal instincts. What a disgrace !

  7. The Truth says:

    You know big wigs don’t show. There was that dirtbag Kerick no? Wonder who these fat surburnites are now! Why do we treat prisoners so well that they have the strength to brawl? We need the old chain gang back and bread and butter. My God normal families can barely eat.

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