A correction officer at Rikers Island has a fractured spine after gang members attacked him on Saturday night.
One inmate punched the officer, and then three other gang members started kicking him after he fell to the ground. The officer lost consciousness. The union calls this one of the worst attacks on a correction officer. The officer, whose name has not been released, is in surgical ICU.
Commissioner Cynthia Brann released a statement:
“Correction Officers work hard every day to help keep our city safe. When any member of the Department of Correction is assaulted, everyone in our community should be outraged. We are arresting anyone involved in this ruthless attack and we are working with the Bronx District Attorney’s office to bring serious charges.”