General Crime Trending Now

Attacks on Correction Officers at Rikers Island

There were two separate attacks on correction officers at Rikers Island on Wednesday. In the first incident, a correction officer at the end of a hall at Rikers got pushed up against the wall, then choked and swung at several times by an inmate. Other inmates initially tried to break up the attack, but then just watched as the assault continued.

The officer was clearly outnumbered. On the same day, another officer got sucker punched by an inmate while standing in the hallway. The videos were released by the correction officers union. Earlier in the summer, a correction officer needed nine stitches for a gash on his forehead and cuts all over his body. He was the sixth correction officer assaulted by inmates in July and August alone. Earlier in November, an inmate pulled a correction officer to the floor and beat his face.

Mayor de Blasio’s fix to the problem is to shut down Rikers altogether and replace it with four new jails – one in each borough except Staten Island. With airy light-filled waiting rooms, clean visiting centers and welcoming lobbies, the mayor thinks the nicer environment will help cut down on the violence. However, it is an ambitious plan, and it will take ten years.

In the meantime, after Wednesday’s assaults, the head of the correction officers union says, “These videos show exactly what happens when inmates have no fear of consequences for assaulting Correction Officers, because the City of New York’s criminal justice reforms have permitted a culture of violence against Correction Officers.”

The Department of Corrections for its part, through a spokesperson said, “After they were violently assaulted, these brave officers followed their training, showed restraint, and successfully de-escalated the situation.” The officers suffered minor injuries. The inmates are being re-arrested, and will be placed in restrictive housing.


Fugitive Watch was founded in 1992 by two San Francisco Bay area police officers, Steve Ferdin and Scott Castruita. Fugitive Watch is a reality-based television show, newspaper and website, We can also be found on social media such as InstagramFacebook, and Twitter. The mission of Fugitive Watch is to make Your community safer by helping law enforcement fight crime. Fugitive Watch brings the community, local business, and law enforcement together to solve crimes, apprehend wanted fugitives and provide education and crime prevention information to the community.

Business and private sponsorship help Fugitive Watch empower the community to strike back at crime from the safety of their living rooms. Fugitive Watch has been credited by law enforcement with over several 1000 crimes solved or fugitives apprehended. Fugitive Watch also helps improve the safety of police officers by locating fugitives for law enforcement so they can more safely arrest them rather than unexpectedly running across them through extremely dangerous routine “chance encounters”. As law enforcement officers know all too well, These “chance encounters” have resulted in countless officer injuries and deaths.

Leave a Comment