Watertown Daily Times, NY
GOVERNOR – The union representing state correctional officials says four other governorate officers were injured in attacks on inmates.
On September 21, the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association reported that three officers at a local hospital needed medical care after the inmate of the medium security prison beat and assaulted the staff.
On Wednesday, the union said in a statement that four other officers were injured in two separate attacks while staff were conducting routine searches of inmates for contraband.
The union said the first attack occurred on September 15 when employees were conducting a home search for contraband. An officer ordered an inmate to empty his pockets and the inmate obeyed by placing a latex glove fingertip and an orange strip on his locker. The officer ordered the inmate to leave the dormitory so that a search could be conducted. Before the search, the inmate peeled himself off the wall and elbowed one officer in the forehead and kicked a second officer on the knee. The two officers grabbed the inmate with a body grip and forced him to the ground. The officers were able to handcuff the floor and the inmate became obedient.
The detainee was taken to the infirmary for examination. In the infirmary, the inmate became aggressive towards the staff again and was handcuffed again until he complied.
Two officers were treated for injuries by the facility’s medical staff in the incident. One officer suffered a scrape and swelling on his knee. A second officer suffered swelling of his left eye and pain in his shoulder and knee.
Both officers remained on duty, and the detainee was taken to a special housing division pending a disciplinary sentence. The contraband that the detainee was holding was identified as Suboxone.
The second attack occurred on September 18, according to the union. The staff searched an inmate for contraband and when he was ordered to the wall, he ignored the orders. He turned and slapped one of the officers in the face. He was grabbed and forced to the ground by two officers in a morgue, where he continued to be aggressive. Both officers were handcuffed, and the inmate became obedient.
The 40-year-old detainee was removed from the area and taken to a special apartment, where he was charged with discipline. He is serving an 11–13 year sentence after being convicted of second-degree gun possession, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and two first-degree attempts to encourage prison smuggling in the Onondaga district in 2014.
Two officers were injured in the incident. The officer who was slapped in the face had a swelling of his chin and pain in his right knee. Another officer suffered shoulder pain, which numbed the inmate. Both were treated by the facility’s medical staff and remained on duty.
“We report another attack on staff in our state prisons almost every day, but despite our calls for more staff and resources to combat the attacks, the DOCCS administration has been quiet,” said Bryan Hluska, vice president of the central region for NYSCOBA, it said in the statement. “These attacks, along with the daily drug and weapon seizures, will continue until DOCCS addresses the existing systemic problem.”
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