ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Two officers were injured after an alleged inmate attack at Elmira Correctional Facility on Dec. 28, according to the NYSCOPBA.
The inmate, a 42-year-old convicted of assault in Suffolk County, allegedly hit an officer in the face with “make-shift karate sticks and a bag of dominoes.”
Officers administered OC spray and placed the inmate in a body hold until he stopped being combative.
The inmate was removed from the yard and placed in a Special Housing Unit pending disciplinary charges.
The karate sticks, which measured 12 inches long, and the bag of dominoes were recovered as evidence.
The officer who was struck in the face sustained contusions to his nose and left cheek and was treated by facility medical staff. A second officer complained of neck pain sustained during the struggle. but remained on duty.
“2020 was a record year for assaults on staff. Despite a dwindling inmate population, assaults on staff have increased by 38 percent since 2016. Instead of pushing for further reductions in discipline, our elected officials should make it a priority to find better ways to safeguard staff from these consistent attacks. Our membership, who are on the front lines every day, deserve at least that!” – stated Mark Deburgomaster, NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President