Rikers Island Otis Bantum Correction Center, New York, New York
November 23, 2017

Prisoners carry out a premeditated, retaliatory attack on a corrections captain following the captain’s alleged use of excessive force. Ninety minutes before the attack, prisoners were spotted on surveillance camera footage holding a meeting. Three prisoners attacked the captain while others stole pepper spray canisters from other guards and prevented them from intervening in the attack. No other corrections staff were harmed.

Two other jail captains were caught on surveillance camera footage running away from the altercation and were placed on disciplinary leave following the incident. Fifteen prisoners were later indicted for their involvement.

 

Citations:

SEE IT: Rikers Island captain pounced on, beaten by three inmates on Thanksgiving Day (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)“, The New York Daily News, November 25, 2017.

15 Rikers Island inmates charged in Correction captain’s beating“, WABC-TV, December 14, 2017.

Fifteen Rikers inmates charged in brutal Thanksgiving beating of jail captain“, The New York Daily News, December 14, 2017.