Yikers at Rikers! 16 NYC Correction Officers Injured in Jail Melee

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    The prison on Rikers Island.

    More than a dozen New York City correction officers were injured while quelling fights between inmates awaiting pretrial hearings at a Rikers Island jail.

    New York City Correction Department spokesman Steven Morello says two separate fights involving six inmates broke out at the Otis Bantum Correction Center at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    He says responding officers were assaulted by the quarreling inmates before everything was quickly brought under control, leaving 13 correction officers and 3 captains injured.

    Morello says the injuries were non-life threatening. He did not say what caused the fights.