NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — In a decision released Monday, an administrative law judge proposed that six New York City jail guards be fired for the brutal 2012 beating of a handcuffed Rikers Island inmate.
Photos of the beating of Robert Hinton, in a now-shuttered solitary confinement dorm for mentally ill inmates, show his badly swollen and bloodied face.READ MORE: NYPD: 5 People Hospitalized After Police-Involved Shooting In Upper Manhattan
In the disciplinary case, the Department of Correction said Hinton was beaten after being carried hogtied into a cell for refusing to be escorted. The department says that to justify the use of force, the guards fabricated a story that Hinton put one of them in a chokehold.
Union leader Norman Seabrook called the case unfortunate, but said correction officers are inadequately supervised.READ MORE: Prisoner Escapes From Custody At Bellevue Hospital
The recommendation, released Monday, was made to city correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte, who will ultimately decide the guards’ fate.
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