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Articles by Tom Robbins

Prisoners Say They Paid a Bloody Price for a Guard’s Injury

Prisoners describe a rampage by correctional officers in a New York prison.

The prisoners were just starting their day on July 6, 2016 when dozens of corrections officers burst into their dormitory, shouting for everyone to get down on the floor. The raid at Mid-State Correctional Facility, outside Utica, N.Y., officials said, was a surprise search for weapons made urgent after a bloody injury to a guard three days earlier.

But over the next two hours, according to prisoners, officers beat and stomped on each of the more than 30 prisoners present that morning, screaming curses and racial epithets and destroying property. Several men said their ribs were broken by kicks and punches. A 58-year-old prisoner said he was rammed, headfirst, through the Sheetrock wall in his room. Down the hall, a 41-year-old prisoner said his nose was broken as a guard repeatedly slammed a metal door into his face.

In a whispered interview in the visiting room of the medium-security prison, a 50-year-old prisoner from Brooklyn recalled how an officer knelt beside him as he lay on the floor. The prisoner, Raymond Broccoli, who is serving a six-year sentence for robbery, said the officer hissed, “You want to ...


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