An inmate who says he was beaten and suffocated by guards after two prisoners escaped from an upstate prison in 2015 is filing a lawsuit contending that Gov. Andrew Cuomo personally incited his attackers, the New York Daily News reports. Patrick Alexander, 36, says after fellow convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt cut their way out of their cells à la “The Shawshank Redemption,” Cuomo visited his nearby cell and taunted and cursed at him during a “photo op.” Cuomo sarcastically told Alexander the noise from the escape “must have kept you awake with all that cutting,” the lawsuit claims. “Let me guess, you don’t know f—-ing nothing,” the governor told him and gave him “a tough guy look,” the lawsuit claims.
Alexander claims he knew nothing about the escape. “A few hours later, Alexander was brutally interrogated, beaten and suffocated by correction officers concerned and angered that their own incompetence and corruption might be exposed,” his lawsuit claims. In addition to Cuomo, the lawsuit names correction officers and state troopers as defendants. “We feel that Cuomo indirectly green-lighted correction officers to abuse and assault inmates in order to quickly identify the location of the escapees,” said Alexander’s lawyer, Leo Glickman. “This is simply baseless and bizarre,” said Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi.