Yikers at Rikers! 16 NYC Correction Officers Injured in Jail Melee
The prison on Rikers Island.
Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 Updated at 9:40 AM EST
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.
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