NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Ten Department of Correction officers have been indicted in connection with a gang assault of an inmate at Rikers Island and the subsequent cover-up, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
One by one, seven corrections officers and three supervisors entered a plea of not guilty to the 53-count indictment in the beating of Jamal Lightfoot.READ MORE: 5 Cases Of Omicron Variant Found In New York, Gov. Hochul Says
The indictments were announced by Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson.
Prosecutors said former DOC assistant chief Eliseo Perez, the third highest ranking officer in the department, allegedly gave the order to kick the prisoner’s teeth in.