[VIDEO] Knockout Game Behind Bars: Reports of Women Officers Targeted at Rikers IslandPosted: December 12, 2013
Rikers Island is a tough place on a good day, but now going to work for correction officers has become even more dangerous.
It looks like the crime fad known as the knockout game has spread to Rikers Island, with women officers the main targets. I spoke exclusively with one female C.O. who is still reeling from a punch to the face.
We have an exclusive picture of the damage the woman said was done to her on November 30, 2013, on Rikers Island. The 22-year-old rookie correction officer told me the knockout game we’ve seen spread across the country is also spreading inside the jail.
“Came right out of the bathroom and punched me in my eye,” she said.
Her eye socket was fractured and may need surgery. She has a black eye and her vision remains blurry. She said it came out of nowhere.
All the attention around the knockout game is giving those on lockdown a new way to prove just how bad they are, said correction officers union V.P. Liz Castro.
The injured C.O. told me she is depressed and scared by what happened, but is determined to wear her uniform again after she heals.
We reached out to the city’s Correction Department, which said that correction officers are essential members of the law enforcement community and that the department takes any attacks against officers very seriously.
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