A Correction Officer suffered a broken nose and five fractured bones in an eye socket on Dec. 30 after being attacked by an inmate being held at the Manhattan Detention Center, according to the head of the Correction Officers’ union.
According to records, the assault was the second such incident involving the 22-year-old inmate.
‘Doing his Job’
The Department of Correction said the inmate had refused commands to enter his cell and then punched the CO several times about the head.
At about 6:30 that evening, “an inmate housed at MDC with a violent history and three warrants for his arrest, brutally assaulted one of our Correction Officers, simply for doing his job,” the president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, Elias Husamudeen, said in a statement.
The Correction Officer was scheduled for surgery.
The inmate, Adam Davis, was arrested last July 1 on a felony burglary charge. Bail for that offense was set at $5,000, which was not posted.
According to court records, he already was facing a felony charge for intending to cause injury to a correction officer in connection with a November incident. Bail was set at $10,000.
Mr. Husamudeen said the incident was “a stark reminder” to city officials that closing Rikers Island and building new, borough-based jails will not sufficiently reduce the violence faced by Correction Officers.
“We need to make the jails safer today and we need to ensure that inmates who commit violent assaults like this one are removed from general population,” he said.
The DOC said Mr. Davis had been separated from the general population following the incident.
“The safety and well-being of our officers is paramount and we do not tolerate attacks on staff, who work to make our jails safer for all,” a department spokesman, Jason Kersten, said in a statement. “We are investigating and have re-arrested the individual behind this attack.”
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