A correction officer's face was slashed when he was jumped by multiple gang members at Rikers Island jail facility on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association said.
The people who attacked him around 1:30 p.m. are alleged members of the Bloods gang.
The officer is being treated for a deep gash in his forehead.
“While not a slashing, today’s attack on a Correction Officer on Rikers Island is deeply troubling," Department of Correction spokesman Peter Thorne said. "The officer, who suffered an injury to his forehead, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The attack was immediately broken up by two officers. Anyone involved will be re-arrested and placed in punitive segregation.”
Several correction officers have been attacked by inmates recently. One officer was attacked by three inmates. His ear was cut and his right hand was fractured. In another recent incident, an officer was beaten unconscious.