NJ CO needs facial reconstructive surgery after inmate attack

Police union president says CO’s injuries may be career-ending

By C1 Staff

BORDENTOWN, N.J. — A correctional officer will need facial reconstructive surgery after being attacked by an inmate Saturday evening. 

According to The Trentonian, Christopher Platt was attacked by Raheem Morgan, an inmate at Albert C. Wagner Youth Correctional Facility, while frisking Morgan. 

Lance Lopez Sr., Police Benevolent Association Local 105 President, told the publication inmates are regularly frisked before meals to prevent weapons from being taken into the mess hall. Morgan refused to be searched and punched Platt in the face. He then fought and was subdued by surrounding officers. 

Morgan was not armed. “The inmate didn’t have a weapon on him,” Lopez said. “He was just very combative.”

Lopez Sr. told the Trentonian that,“ I doubt he’ll be able to continue as a correctional officer. I was told they’ll have to put a metal plate in his face somewhere in the area of his cheekbone and eye.”

Platt was transported to a hospital where he will undergo surgery for his facial injuries.

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