Inmate attacks corrections officers at Coxsackie Correctional Facility

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COXSACKIE – An inmate
serving four years for weapons possession and attempted robbery attacked
several officers on Sunday, November 5 at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility,
a maximum security prison. He now faces internal disciplinary charges.

Seven officers were treated at the prison clinic for minor injuries. Two
officers were transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment where
it was determined that one sustained a broken hand caused by the inmate.
Both officers were treated and released.

The New York State Corrections Officers and Police Benevolent Association
released details of the attack one week later on Monday, November 13.

The association reported an officer was escorting the 21-year-old inmate
back to his housing unit when he struck the officer in the face. The officer
attempted to control the inmate with a body hold, but the inmate resisted,
causing the officer and inmate to fall down a flight of stairs. The inmate
broke free and two other officers went after him back to the housing area.

In the housing area, the inmate charged at another officer, but was quickly
detained by several officers, who placed him in mechanical restraints
to escort him back to the facility clinic.

The inmate refused to walk and began to fight the escorting officers,
who regained control and carried him to the clinic.

While in the clinic, the inmate again became violent, kicking and striking
one of the officers.

After medical staff evaluated the inmate, correction staff escorted him
to the special housing unit.

The assault “shows how dangerous it can be for our members when
an inmate becomes combative,” said Michael Mazzella, NYSCOPBA Mid-Hudson
Valley vice president.

He said the same inmate violently attacked a New York City corrections
officer at Riker’s Island in 2014.

“The extremely violent assault on Sunday is a perfect example of
why we need strict disciplinary measures for inmates who attack staff,”
Mazzella said.