According to law enforcement, a corrections officer in New York City was severely beaten this week on Rikers Island, causing him to lose ten teeth.
On Wednesday at around 12:50 PM, sources and a Department of Correction official said, an officer was searching for contraband when 23-year-old inmate Julius Allen allegedly began punching the officer in the face, knocking him to the ground.
Two corrections officers were able to subdue Allen and put an end to the assault, but not before the officer lost 10 teeth. Photos obtained by The Post reveal a severe cut to the officer’s skull that required stitches, as well as a bruised eye. A local hospital provided him with medical care.
An unwarranted attack on a Correction Officer who was just doing his job is reprehensible. A DOC official said in a statement, “We are pursuing re-arrest of the person in detention accountable.” Assaulting a corrections officer is just as serious a crime inside bars as it is in society at large, and we will never allow it. Online records reveal that Allen was arrested on February 27 for questioning in a murder case in Brooklyn.
On the night of November 2nd, he allegedly shot Anthony Ponce, then 26, many times in the head and torso in the hallway of a building on Shore Parkway near East 102nd Street in Canarsie. He is currently being jailed without bail until his next court date in February 2023.
The DOC indicated that they were looking into the event President of the Correction Cops’ Benevolent Association Benny Boscio released a statement condemning the “heinous, unjustified attack on our officer who was merely doing his duty.”
This comes after more than 1,200 officers had been beaten. Boscio opposed legislation pending before the City Council that would severely restrict the use of solitary confinement for criminal suspects.
The law would restrict solitary confinement in New York City prisons to no more than eight hours per night and two hours each day, with a maximum of 15 days. Detainees might be held in solitary confinement for lengthier periods of time before being transferred to more restrictive accommodations if a conflict arises immediately, according to the measure. One of our policemen may be killed if their bill becomes law, and they would be responsible for that. Saying, “We are not the scapegoats of this city!” It was Boscio who said.