NEW YORK CITY, NY – Inside of the notoriously violent Rikers Island, a correction officer was physically assaulted by an accused killer.
A correction officer was left with a black eye and several lacerations on his head after being attacked by an inmate on Rikers Island. https://t.co/6WBJxOMKMV
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According to law enforcement officials, in addition to several other sustained injuries, the accused killer knocked out 10 of the correction officer’s teeth.
The Department of Correction spokesperson said that the injured officer was searching for contraband around 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16th, when 23-year-old Julius Allen allegedly started punching him in the face, knocking him to the floor.
Two other correction officers managed to step in and restrain Allen to stop the violent attack, but not before 10 of the officer’s teeth were knocked out.
Photos of the incident also show a large wound on the officer’s head, which was treated with stitches, and a bruised eye. The officer was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries. In a statement, the DOC spokesperson said:
“This incident was an abhorrent, unprovoked assault on a correction officer who was doing his job and carrying out his duty. We are pursuing re-arrest of the person in custody responsible.”
The statement added:
“Assault a staff member in a jail is a much a crime as it is out in the community, and attacks on our staff will never be tolerated.”
According to reports, Allen was arrested on February 27th in connection to a murder in Brooklyn. Police stated that Allen shot a 26-year-old man, identified as Anthony Ponce, in the head and torso in the fifth floor hallways of a building on Shore Parkway.
He has been ordered held without bail and his next scheduled court date is for February 2023. The Department of Correction will continue to investigate the assault on the correction officer. Benny Boscio, president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, said in a statement:
“This heinous, unprovoked attack on our officer who was simply doing his job comes at a time when over 1,200 officers have been assaulted.”
Boscio also criticized a law that has come before City Council, which if passed, would drastically limit solitary confinement for detainees accused of infractions.
As it stands, inmates in New York City correctional facilities cannot be held in solitary confinement longer than 15 days. However, the council’s new bill would limit that to just eight hours a night and two hours during the day in any 24-hour period. Boscio said:
“If their legislation passes, one of our officers may get killed and they will have blood on their hands. We are not this city’s sacrificial lambs!”
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This incident, unfortunately, is not uncommon on Rikers Island. On Monday, October 31st, a correction officer was stabbed 15 times in a “unprovoked heinous and callous attack.”
In incident occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m. when a male correction officer working in the protective custody unit was attacked by an inmate. The officer was stabbed in the back of his head 15 times. At the time, Boscio said in a statement:
“Earlier today, while working in the protective custody unit at the Anna M. Kross Center, one of our correction officers was brutally stabbed in the back of his head approximately 15 times by an inmate.”
The statement added:
“The Executive Board and I are with the officer at the hospital, who is conscious and undergoing tests. I want to thank Mayor Adams and Commissioner Molina for also visiting the officer tonight.”
In addition to missing teeth the correction officer also suffered head lacerations and a black eye.
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In his own statement, Department of Correction Commissioner Louis Molina said:
“This was an unprovoked heinous and callous attack on one of our dedicated officers, who was simply doing their job. We will not tolerate any assaults on our members of service who show up to work each day to keep our jails safe.”
“We are re-arresting the individual who committed this deplorable attack. We are praying for this officer to make a speedy recovery.”
On November 1st, another correction officer was attacked by an inmate. This individual suffered a broken nose and an eye injury in what seem to be a never-ending cycle of violence against staff. Boscio said in a statement:
“Broken orbital, broken nose, this is what’s happening to us now. It has become open season on correction officers.”
Boscio said that the most recent incidents are just a few of the nearly 1,500 assaults on officers since January 2022. A spokesperson for the Department of Correction said in a statement:
“Our members of service show up to work each day despite difficult conditions and play a critical role in keeping our facilities safe. Any assault on staff is absolutely inexcusable. We are not tolerating these deplorable acts and the individual involved was re-arrested.”
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