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Correction officer assaulted by inmate at Manhattan jail: authorities

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Posted at 11:01 AM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 15:08:52-05

MANHATTAN — A correction officer was assaulted by an inmate at a Manhattan jail Monday, authorities said.

The officer was on duty when he was assaulted by an inmate who refused to enter his cell at the Manhattan Detention Complex around 6:30 p.m., according to the Department of Correction.

According to COBA President Elias Husamudeen, the inmate has a violent history.

The officer was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery after he sustained five broken orbital bones in his eye socket and a broken nose, authorities said.

The Department of Correction is in the process of removing the inmate from the general population.

"The safety and well-being of our officers is paramount and we do not tolerate attacks on staff, who work to make our jails safer for all. We are investigating and are pursuing re-arrest of the individual behind this attack," DOC Press Secretary Jason Kersten said in a statement.

The COBA president argued the recent incident is another example of how closing Rikers and opening borough-based jails is not enough to make the workplace safer for officers.

“This heinous attack serves as a stark reminder to all our city-elected officials that simply having a borough jail is not enough to decrease the violence our members face every day,” Husamudeen said in a statement.

“Closing Rikers is not enough. We need to make the jails safer today and we need to ensure that inmates who commit violent assaults like this one, are removed from general population.”