Vahalla, NY — A Westchester County Corrections Officer was jumped by two inmates, Friday at approximately 9:45PM during lock-in.
Officer Artis sustained serious injuries including head trauma and a broken nose as the result of a seemingly unprovoked attack by the two male adult inmates. The officer was transported to the Westchester Medical Center and was met there by his wife, the Commissioner of Correction, many fellow officers and COBA and SOA union representatives.
Commissioner of Correction Joseph K. Spano stated Saturday morning, “We are pleased to report that our fellow officer has been released from the hospital and is home recovering from this serious assault. Our priority now is to ensure that he and his family receive the support and treatment that he needs. We will be investigating what led to this incident and will work with the District Attorney and County Police to ensure that these two assailants are prosecuted to the fullest extent. Violence towards our staff members is unacceptable at every level and will be dealt with swiftly.”
Correction Officer Artis was letting the inmates out of the day room when 2 inmates jumped him and repeatedly stomped on his head leaving footprints about his face and head. Very little information is available beyond that.
“In light of the disappointing events that took place yesterday evening where one of our officers’ was viciously attacked, WCA looks forward to sitting down with Commissioner Spano and Deputy Commissioner Molina to discuss the on going assaults and what measures we can take to make the jail safer for all of us,” Brooke Jones, President of the Westchester Corrections Associations shares with Black Westchester. “Officers safety is our number 1 priority and we look forward to discussing these issues. As always our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Artis and his family. We wish him well and pray for a full recovery.”
Officers at the jail have long been saying, due to the type of inmates that have been coming in certain areas should be a two-man post. The need for pepper spray is a growing issues for the officers at the County Jail.
County Executive George Latimer tweeted about the incident Saturday morning;
“Our thoughts are with him and his family for full recuperation,” Latimer acknowledged the injury on Twitter Saturday morning. “He and his brother and sister officers are always in our prayers. We appreciate their service.”
One of our brave County Corrections Officers was attacked last evening and is being treated today in the hospital. Our thoughts are with him and his family for full recuperation. He and his brother and sister officers are always in our prayers. We appreciate their service.
— George Latimer (@GeorgeLatimer37) April 28, 2018
This is not the first inmate attack on an officer this year. On Wednesday, Jan 28th, a county inmate John Wooten, housed in the Medical Unit at Westchester County jail, viciously punched Officer Castellanos in her face, then assaulted a male officer and had a physical confrontation with a captain.
The Westchester jail had two inmate deaths last year and several incidents of violence against correction officers. It’s also in the midst of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice stemming from excessive force complaints, Lohud reported.
Stay tuned to Black Westchester for more on this developing story.