RIKERS ISLAND — A Rikers Island inmate plans to sue the town for $20 million after being slashed throughout the face by a reputed member of the Bloods as a result of a gaggle of close by correction officers did nothing to assist.
Inmate David Marrero was within the jail’s George R. Vierno Middle fitness center on Saturday round 6:forty two p.m. when inmate Steven Sidbury, who’s awaiting trial for homicide and has a historical past of violence towards different inmates, slashed him throughout his proper eye and proper cheek, in accordance with the discover of declare filed by Marrero’s lawyer Pamela Roth.
About eight correction officers have been with Marrero when he was attacked, however they did nothing to stop him from getting slashed, the declare says.
Moreover, one officer took a photograph of Marrero’s accidents that was then posted on-line, in accordance with Roth.
“None of them do something to cease it, and one is taking pictures and leaks it out,” she stated. “It’s a violation of my shopper’s privateness. You possibly can’t simply begin taking pictures. He’s there as an inmate. He has his civil rights.”
Marrero has been in Rikers since October ready to be retried in a homicide case towards him, Roth stated. He was transferred to the jail from Sing Sing as a result of an attraction was granted in his homicide case.
Whereas at Sing Sing, Marrero was stabbed within the neck and assaulted by a guard, and it’s now troublesome for him to stroll as a result of his knee always will get swollen, so he wants guards round him always for assist and safety, based on Roth.
“He can’t do something to guard himself,” she stated. “In case you’re a weak hyperlink, you’re simply going to fall prey to any of them attacking.”
Marrero’s household solely came upon concerning the assault as soon as pictures have been posted on-line, not from officers at Rikers, Roth stated.
His mom Marlene Aloe stated she has not spoken to her son since he was attacked and accused the town of making an attempt to cowl up his assault as a result of the accidents have been so dangerous.
“They don’t need nobody to see my son as a result of how badly he’s reduce,” she stated. “I’ve not heard from my son since Saturday. I don’t know what’s going on.”
Division of Correction spokesman Peter Thorne stated that the majority officers at Rikers do their jobs nicely, “and…