A series of videos from Rikers Island captured violent scenes of inmates attacking prison guards – including an incident where an officer was unable to get up after being brutally kicked and stomped.
According to Fox News, inmate violence has increased in the past year as “bones, stitches and stitches” have been reported by officers.
“We work more than 25 hours straight, no meal breaks, the conditions of having gang members in the same residential areas – gang-affiliated residences – we are attacked with impunity,” Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association president Benny Boscio told the newspaper. network.
Boscio also added that the number of detainees with violent charges has increased by 23%.
Surveillance footage from Rikers Island captured the violent nature of the inmates as guards were brutally attacked in a series of videos
New York prison complex has seen a 23% increase in inmates on violent charges
Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Benny Boscio reported unbearable working conditions on Rikers Island related to staff shortages and the increase in prisoner crime
The COVID-19 pandemic has also played a role in the rise of detainees and the decline of working officers.
As a result, the working environment on Rikers Island was deemed “unbearable” as several staff members left because of the inmates’ behaviour.
A compilation of surveillance footage obtained by Fox News has captured some of the attacks inmates carried out on officers at the New York Jail.
The first video showed an inmate walking on the other side of a prison guard.
When the prison guard stopped, the prisoner threw himself on the guard as he started beating him.
The guard sees him fall to the floor at the end of the hallway.
The second video shows a similar hallway with a guard standing outside a row of cells.
A prisoner leaves his cell and then jumps on the guard, but this time with the guard running the other way.
Another guard is seen running across the hall as the prisoner and a mob of others slowly approach.
The third video shows two officers holding a prisoner with his arms tied behind his back.
Another guard is seen in the back monitoring the situation.
Then out of nowhere a prisoner comes running from the left and pushes against one of the guards.
The guard from the back takes control of the situation as he begins to spray an unidentified liquid at the prisoner as he runs away.
The guard tells the others to keep watch while he continues to spray the area, possibly as a warning to the other inmates.
One of the videos showed an officer being kicked and stamped by a mob of inmates and barely able to walk after the attack.
The fourth and final film captures an officer’s attack by multiple inmates.
The officer is first seen standing behind a table and chair as the inmates rush in to punch and push him to the ground.
Each of the prisoners seems to take turns throwing punches at the guard, with one jumping onto the table he was sitting at and forcibly kicking him back to the ground.
After they leave, the officer tries to get up but falls over, clearly battered and traumatized by the incident. Then he manages to pull himself up and leaves the room.
The last bit shows the officer talking to a woman while appearing to describe what had happened.
Resources available to the personnel at Rikers Island were limited as it remains understaffed, leaving the same officers overworked and constantly clearing the prisoners’ mess.
Federal observer Steve Martin filed a letter to court on Aug. 24 about the violence on Rikers Island and how it has worsened in recent years, according to The New York Times.
Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi has said he plans to improve working conditions on Riker’s Island by hiring more officers and maintaining the safety of current workers.
“We have taken extensive measures to encourage staff to return to work, to relieve those who have worked heroically, extra shifts to compensate, and to make this an environment where any parent would feel that their own son or daughter worked or lived safely. here,” Schiraldi said in a statement to Fox News.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has been criticized for the significant rise in crime in New York in the past year
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio has been criticized for his lack of support at these events as crime has risen in the state in the past year.
Rikers Island had agreed to close in 2019, as pushed by de Blasio, and has now been set for a 2027 closing date.
Violent sexual assault is up 5.2% in the past year, as 13,891 cases were reported in 2021, compared to 13,202 cases in 2020, according to the NYPD.