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Officer attacked at Auburn Correctional Facility, sent to hospital for treatment

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The union representing officers at Auburn Correctional Facility say one person was sent to the hospital after an attack by an inmate.

On Saturday, November 26th an officer was escorting an inmate to the mess hall inside the facility. Instruction was given to the inmate, and they refused to comply.

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That’s when NYSCOPBA said in a release the inmate grabbed the officer by his uniform, threw him to the ground. The inmate then put the officer in a chokehold and refused to let go.

More staff intervened and tried to break the chokehold, but it took several moments for that to occur. The inmate was placed into handcuffs, which stopped the attack.

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The officers who intervened after the attack began were checked over, while the officer on the receiving end of the attack was treated at Auburn Community Hospital. He suffered an array of injuries.

The inmate, who was not identified, is serving 25 years to life.

“Another unprovoked attack on an officer by an inmate who clearly has no regard for others. This inmate tried to choke the life out of an officer for no reason and he knew there were no consequences for his actions, thanks to the HALT Act,” said Kenny Gold, NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President. “My heart goes out to this officer, his family, and his brothers and sisters who rushed to his aid. How many more of our members need to suffer before the skyrocketing violence in prisons is addressed? With one full month remaining in the year, we’ve already shattered the yearly number of assaults on officers and there are no signs of it slowing down.”