Three officers injured in attack at jail

Source : Associated Press, Link

prisonALBION, NY- Three corrections officers were hurt in an attack at the Orleans County Correctional Facility, the union that represents corrections officers reports.

The New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association says the attack happened Saturday afternoon. According to the union, inmate Adrian Phoenix got into an argument with a female visitor which turned physical. At that point, two officers intervened to break up the fight.

The officers took Phoenix to a separate area where they say he continued to be “disruptive.” At one point, union officials say, Phoenix turned suddenly and head-butted one of the officers.

More corrections officers entered the area and struggled with Phoenix to get him under control. Eventually, officers say Phoenix calmed down and was placed in a special unit. He now faces disciplinary charges.

The officer that was headed-butted was taken to the hospital in Brockport for treatment of a concussion, swelling over his left eye and a nose bleed along with other injuries. He was treated and released. Another officer suffered a knee injury and back pain and was also treated at the hospital. A third officer suffered cuts, but remained on-duty.

“The visitors’ rooms in our correctional facilities continue to be problematic,” says Joe Miano, the NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President, in a release. “Two visitors were arrested on April 2 trying to smuggle in drugs to inmates at Livingston Correctional Facility. The presence of K9 dogs thwarted both attempts by the visitors to pass the drugs on to the inmates. This past weekend, an argument in a packed visitors’ room between an inmate and a female visitor led to the assault of one officer and injuries to two others who attempted to gain control of the unruly inmate.  Once again, this brings to light the need for the administration to make changes and hold inmates accountable when they attack officers, as well as stop the influx of contraband making its way into facilities.”

By: Associated Press
Published: April 18, 2017

Author: NIJO Newsroom

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