August 29, 2013

Correction officers disciplined after being found guilty of using unnecessary force against an inmate

Correction officers disciplined after being found guilty of using unnecessary force against an inmate
OATH Index Nos. 734/13

The New York City Department of Correction brought charges against two correction officers alleging they used of excessive or unnecessary force against an inmate.

The Department charged that one officer struck the inmate in the face and the other pulled the inmate’s legs out from under him, causing him to fall to the ground.

The Department also charged the two officers with submitting false or misleading statements during Mayoral Executive Order [MEO] 16 interviews. Three other officers were also charged with filing false and/or misleading MEO 16 statements. 

OATH Administrative Law Judge Astrid B. Gloade found that all the charges were sustained.

Noting that most of the officers had no prior disciplinary record, ALJ Gloade recommended suspensions of 60 days for the officer who struck the inmate, 25 days for the officer who caused the inmate to fall; and 15- and 20-day suspensions for those who filed false reports.

The decision is posted on the Internet at:
http://archive.citylaw.org/oath/13_Cases/13-734.pdf
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