The surveillance cameras at the Brooklyn Detention Complex reveal disturbing footage of a correction officer savagely beaten up by an inmate.
A number of inmate attacks have been reported within this week, but this case has to be the worst among all of them.
In the video, the rookie officer, identified as Jian Yu, is seen closing a gate during a routine patrol of the area at around 1:40 pm. After a few seconds, a shirtless inmate, identified as 24-year-old Pariis Tillery, runs upstairs and confronts the officer who was on the ninth floor.
Inmate Left CO Unconscious
As the fight between the inmate and Yu intensifies, two more shirtless inmates suddenly appear and ran towards the scene. The correction officer ordered Tillery to step back, and pepper sprays him, but it didn’t help.
Throughout the footage, Tillery repeatedly punches Yu, and even slamming him to the floor then kicking him. Still unsatisfied, the inmate throws a couple more punches on the officer before finally walking away.
Moments later, two correction officers are seen rushing up the stairs where they found Yu lying on the floor, unconscious.
It Was “Pretty Bad”
According to Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen, officer Yu was “beaten pretty bad.”
“He’s still in the hospital. He has a concussion [and] he’s still under observation by the hospital,” Husamudeen said at a press conference. He also added that Tillery, the inmate who attacked the officer, is allegedly a member of the ‘Bloods’ street gang.
Tillery is allegedly a murder suspect, arrested in March 2017 for being accused of killing a certain Rysheen Ervin on Sept. 21, 2016.
After the incident, Husamudeen described Yu as “a good officer … As you can see from the video, he was doing his job despite of the circumstances.”
He added, “another officer sprayed [a] chemical agent through the gate [in a bid to stop the attack] before he was able to actually respond.”
Jail System Failure?
The bloody attack of Tillery on officer Yu and other recent attacks on correction officers has sparked outrage among a lot of people.
Because of this, Husamudeen called for Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann’s resignation at a press conference.
“We think that she has proven over the last three years to be in over her head and have no idea of what it means or what it takes to run a New York City jail system,” he said. “Based on the way the commissioner has been running the agency, she and the mayor of the city of New York have done nothing but put the lives of corrections officers at risk,” he added.