Valhalla – A county inmate John Wooten, housed in the Medical Unit at Westchester County jail, viciously punched a female officer in her face in her mouth, causing her to fall backwards, thereby hitting her head and lose consciousness. Unprovoked he charged at her, Wednesday morning at approx 10:17 am. He then assaulted a male officer and had a physical confrontation with a captain! The female officer who was working on her assigned post but has not been identified was rushed to Westchester Medical Center ER with mouth and arm injuries (from her fall) and possible concussion, from the brutal attack.
Westchester County Jail representatives said they were unable to confirm or deny the incident when called for comment, so we reached out to the union and the fraternal organizations that represent the officers.
“As an organization of Law Enforcement Professionals, we pray for her speedy recovery,” Brooke Jones, President of the Westchester Corrections Association (WCA) shares with Black Westchester. “With an average inmate population of approximately 1200, these assaults are far too common without any long term consequences for them. The Westchester County Jail had approximately 500 officer to inmate confrontations in 2017. As Correction Officers, we understand the dangers when taking the job, however we should not be moving targets for the same problematic inmates. Although numerous complaints are made to administration, they refuse to listen or make sound changes to prevent or minimize ongoing and future assaults.”
Westchester Correction Officer Benevolent Association (COBA) President Alonzo West was unavailable for comment when we called.
No further information is available at this time. Stay tuned for Black Westchester for more on this developing story.
The Westchester Correction Association (WCA), a Westchester Chapter of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and a New York Chapter of the Grand Council of Guardians are committed to the safety, protection, and well-being of Officers, Civilians and those incarcerated.