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Union says inmate attacked CO in Coxsackie

Nov 11, 2019 12:46 am
Sarah Trafton reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association says a correction officer at the maximum-security Coxsackie Correctional Facility was attacked by an inmate Nov. 3. The unidentified officer had multiple facial fractures from the assault. “The inmate had just entered the school building carrying items that were not allowed in the building,” according to the union. “The officer directed the inmate to stand near the wall so he could be frisked for contraband. The inmate immediately turned towards the officer and attacked him, striking him several times in the face.” The officer was was treated for a fractured orbital bone, fractured cheekbone and a broken nose at Albany Medical Center. The inmate was only identified as a 33-year-old serving an eight-year sentence for a 2016 armed home invasion in Rockland County. “A week after an officer was stabbed multiple times at Green Haven Correctional Facility, another officer was violently attacked and left with multiple facial fractures in an unprovoked attack at Coxsackie,” New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association Mid-Hudson Region President Michael Mazzella said in a statement. “Inmate advocates continue to call for a reduction in discipline for inmates yet the violent assaults on staff continue to occur.” The prison would only say that, "The department is reviewing an incident involving a staff member and an incarcerated individual that occurred on Monday at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility and cannot comment.” Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.