NYC correction officer’s skull fractured by inmate
His attacker has been charged with attempted murder
By Graham Rayman
New York Daily News
NEW YORK — A correction officer was badly beaten and knocked unconscious Monday by a detainee on Rikers Island, officials said.
The officer suffered a fractured skull, fractured eye orbitals and a broken nose during the attack around 9 a.m. at the George R. Vierno Center on Rikers. The detainee, Mavens Thomas, 29, was charged with attempted murder.
Thomas, who is 6-foot-3 and weighs 253 pounds, was allegedly angry that the officer insisted on using a flashlight to search his darkened cell, the sources said.
The assault was another in a string of attacks on beleaguered correction staff who claim they are understaffed and overworked. The jail population has nearly doubled since a year ago.
“Our Correction Officer, who was simply doing his job, was nearly killed by this heinous attack,” COBA President Benny Boscio said. “The blood that shed from his wounds and the wounds of all of our brave officers, who continue to be assaulted with impunity, are on the Mayor’s hands.”
DOC officials confirmed details of the assault.
“Any assault on our staff is deplorable and absolutely unacceptable. We will work with the Bronx DA to hold the individual responsible accountable,” DOC Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said.
Neither DOC officials or the union would identify the officer or say whether Thomas was also injured.
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