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.
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Knockout Trend Among Teenagers: Is It Real?
Imagine if roving gangs of violent young white hoodlums were preying on unsuspecting black people in the streets, knocking them unconscious at random- think the headlines would read like this?
Or would it be immediately treated as a National Crisis, worthy of 24-hour-a-day coverage?