THE BRONX — A Rikers Island guard was arrested Monday and charged with beating an inmate after which making an attempt to cowl it up, in accordance with the Manhattan U.S. Lawyer’s workplace.
Rodiny Calypso, 38, had simply relieved one other officer within the Otis Bantum Correctional Middle on Feb. 27, 2014 when he obtained right into a verbal argument with an inmate who was in a bathe stall and the assaulted the person after handcuffing him and repeatedly punching him within the face, federal prosecutors stated.
“Rodiny Calypso allegedly violated a Rikers Island inmate’s constitutional rights by viciously beating him — with out bodily provocation — whereas the inmate was restrained in handcuffs,” appearing Manhattan U.S. Lawyer Joon Kim stated in a press release.
“As we’ve stated earlier than, the protections of our Structure prolong to these in prisons, and this Workplace will stay vigilant about defending the rights of all, together with these confined inside the partitions of Rikers Island.”
The guard — who turned a correction officer in 2004 after which served within the Iraq warfare, in response to a New York Publish report — is dealing with as much as 30 years in federal jail after being charged with deprivation of rights beneath the regulation and submitting a false type, federal prosecutors stated.
The altercation started when the inmate was within the bathe facility at Dorm 5 North, the place inmates are usually stored in solitary confinement and bathe individually in a stall.
Calypso and the inmate received right into a verbal trade, after which introduced in a fellow CO one degree down inside the dorm space who left and returned with one other officer, who was seen on video wanting up on the bathe space.
Calypso then handcuffed the inmate earlier than getting into the stall, positioned him in a headlock and punched him within the face.
Calypso slipped and misplaced his footing and clung to the inmate’s aspect, prompting a backup officer to enter the bathe stall and restrain the inmate whereas Calypso regained his footing and elbowed the inmate 5 occasions in his head, prosecutors stated.
The inmate suffered lacerations to his face and again of his head.
The assault was captured on video and witnessed by a number of inmates whose cells are reverse the bathe…