Soon after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio touted an “astonishing” turnaround at several units in the city’s Rikers Island jail complex, two inmates unleashed simultaneous attacks against correction officers in an apparent attempt to get transferred out of one of the specialized facilities, reports the New York Daily News. Around the same time, an inmate was nearly killed after he was slashed in the neck in a different building, capping a bloody Friday.
The inmates were communicating with each other across a partition moments before the assaults. “They occurred simultaneously. It was a planned attack,” a source familiar with the incident said. Correction officials were trying to determine why the inmates had hatched the violent plot. A source said the inmates were unhappy about the new units that are a central component of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte’s plan to get the jail under control. “From what I know they don’t like the secure unit and they want to get out,” a source said.