Correction Officers Rally Behind Rikers Island Asst. Deputy Warden Accused Of Excessive Force

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Rikers Island Correction supervisor has been charged with excessively attacking an inmate, who had punched a female officer.

Correction officers are now galvanized behind him.

Some 150 officers and supervisors came out in support of Assistant Deputy Warden Edwin Diaz, who didn’t want to speak of the charges on Thursday.

“No comment,” he told reporters, including CBS 2’s John Slattery.

Diaz has been indicted on charges of assault and falsifying records of the assault. The incident is not new as it took place in September of 2008.

It all stems from Diaz coming to the aid of a female officer who was being attacked by an inmate.

That 22-year-old convict Jesus Alejandro, was was serving 23 years for fatally stabbing his girlfriend 26 times and slitting her throat. He allegedly punched the female correction officer.

“He had grabbed a female officer by the hair and he pummeled her and bloodied her face and the assistant deputy warden comes to her aid, and he’s indicted,” said Sidney Schwartzbaum of the Deputy Wardens’ Association.

The Deputy Wardens’ Association is calling it a travesty. It took the DA three and a half years to bring the case, after the Department of Correction decided not to discipline Diaz.

“He’s absolutely adamant that he is not guilty and he’s eager to have a trial and I tried to push that fact with the judge,” Diaz’s attorney, Kenneth Gomez, said.

It’s a question of whether excessive force was used and whether records were changed to cover the truth.

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  1. maria justiniano says:

    This evil person if anyone can call this monster human ,my massage is to let everybody know that this monster kill my daugter with his beard hand if it wasn,t for this supervisor to help that female she would be dead today thanks for this special warden that help her with her life,this special guard or warden deserved a medal for been a hero,he does not deserved to be charge at all if anybody would like to leave me a massage please email me at justinianomaria62@yahoo.com

  2. action220 says:

    whats wrong irene and joanne jackson lost your jobs cause you got caught bringing in drugs/having sex with inmates????most drugs are brought in by civillans as well as a few corrupt officers back to matter at hand one of these inmates put there hands on a female officer should get his ass beat period sometimes other inmates step in when this happens deputy waarden will be vindicated im sure

  3. Joanne Jackson says:

    for those not aware..the officers run more illegal activity in the prisons then the inmates… staging and setting up fights amongst the inmates and bringing in drugs to sell where the officers make extra money on the side, and female officers having sex and relationships with the inmates and in some known cases male officers sodomizing other male inmates…. BUT THE OFFFICER WONT TELL U THAT … I WILL TELL U THAT AND MORE… THEY KNOW

    1. Joe says:

      You watch too much television!!!

    2. Irene says:

      That is the cruel reallity, Correctionals officers smugler in to the Rikers Island facility the 99.99% of all the contraband going in there.

  4. Just Saying says:

    Soon they will have the inmates running the prisons and the officers behind bars for doing their jobs. Let the DA spend some time in the jails, they’ll see things are not as easy as they look. Did the inmate get charged for assaulting the officer? That you don’t hear about.

    1. Irene says:

      How was it his job to cut Mr. Alejandro face with a bistury when they have him on the office?

  5. LAUREN H says:

    THIS IS ABSURD HE WAS DOING HIS JOB. ANY OTHER OFFICER WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME. HE SHOULD BE COMMENDED ON HIS SWIFT ACTIONS TO PROTECT THE FEMALE OFFICER. IF NOT FOR HIM THE SITUATION COULD HAVE ENDED TRAGIC. REMEMBER THIS INMATE IS NO JAY WALKER HES CONVICTED OF MURDER.. HELLO… ” WAKE UP” MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU THROUGH THIS WHOLE ORDEAL EDWIN… KEEP YOUR HEAD UP….

    1. Irene says:

      How was it his job to cut Mr. Alejandro face with a bistury when they have him on the office?

  6. MICHAEL LANGHORNE says:

    I THINK THE DEPUTY WARDEN SHOULD RECEIVE A COMMENDATION. THESE YOUNG FELONS ARE VERY VIOLENT AND HAVE NO RESPECT FOR LIFE OR PROPERTY, IF THE WARDEN WAS NOT THERE MAYBE THE INMATE MAY HAVV MURDERED THE FEMALE OFFICER. I SAY CONGRATS TO THE DEPUTY WARDEN. MAYBE HE SHOULD BE PROMETED TO COMMISHOINER OF CORRECTIONS AND HONORED AS A HERO.

  7. katie says:

    hes an inmate for a reason if he gets the guard in “trouble” the inmates will know they can get away with that….there inmates stop giving them civilian rights

  8. XMAN says:

    The DA should have indited Greg Kelly for rape not this hero .What do you expect from a city where the Mayor supports men interested in other mens rectums..

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