Police officers and prison guards alike routinely threaten suspects and inmate with “prison rape.” But recently, a group of inmates came to the rescue of a female correction officer who was almost raped inside a locked vestibule on Rikers Island.
The incident happened Saturday night, according New York’s The Daily News.
Inmates tore away the Plexiglas on the outside of the watch post “bubble” that was inside the Anna M. Kross Center at 8:15 p.m.
One of the inmates who was particularly thin was able to slip inside the “A station” bubble and open the security door to allow in a crew of inmates who pried the would-be rapist, Raleek Young, 27, off of the female guard.
Young weighs 290 pounds, and was not easy to fend off, as he pulled down his pants and began pleasuring himself while choking the officer, according to court records.
Young is serving five-to-10-year for raping a 13-year-old girl back in 2007, court records also show.
New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Norman Seabrook admitted that without the inmate’s quick response, the situation would have been much worse, and would likely have resulted in the officer’s rape and murder.
“I appreciate [them] helping a sister officer because that could have been their mother, wife or sister,” Seabrook stated. He admitted that 90% of the inmates “are there to do their time and go home.”
Why then are so many in prison both threatened with and subjected to sexual assault behind bars without corrections officers coming to their aid the way these inmates came to the aid of their jailer?
(Article by Jackson Marciana and M. David)