ROME, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Staff assaults and illegal contraband seizures continue at a high rate at the Mohawk Correctional Facility, according to the Police Benevolent Association.
Several officers were injured by inmates in three separate attacks in the first half of July.
Suboxone and K2 were also seized from a package that was mailed to an inmate from another inmate at the Marcy Correctional Facility. The drugs were found inside three loaves of bread.
- Monday, July 8: An officer approached an inmate to talk to him about smoking while he was on his way to a program. The inmate hit the officer numerous times in the face and head. When other officers got to the scene they found the inmate lying on the floor. He struggled with officers for a little but was eventually restrained. The officer had a cut on his left eyebrow and had to get 10 stitches to close a cut on his lip. The inmate was put in a special housing unit and is facing disciplinary charges.
- Monday, July 15: A sergeant was attacked by an inmate that lept out of his wheelchair and began hitting him the face. The inmate put him in a choke-hold as an officer attempted to get the inmate off. The officer suffered arm, knee, and lower back injuries during the incident.
- Tuesday, July 16: An officer was found an inmate smoking in the bathroom around midnight. The inmate took off running. Staff put him in restraints and brought him into the sergeant’s office to be interviewed. When there the inmate head-butted the sergeant in the side of the face. The inmate was taken to the medical office where it was found he was on an unknown substance.
“Staff assaults and contraband continue to be a serious problem in our correctional facilities. While in one instance officers seized K2 and Suboxone mailed to an inmate, in another facility a short distance away, an inmate on some type of unknown drugs, attacked an officer. It is painfully obvious that despite the best attempts by staff, drugs are finding their way into the facilities and that makes it extremely dangerous for our members. Members are still being attacked with no real ramifications for the inmates. All of this will continue until the administration recognizes that changes need to be made to protect staff. ” – Scott Carpenter, NYSCOPBA Central Region Vice President.