New York, NY – A correction captain on Rikers Island was with two other captains when he was suddenly attacked by an inmate on Thanksgiving. But rather than join in the fight, the two accompanying captains fled.
The fight and flight was captured on video (below.)
The incident happened on Thanksgiving in the Otis Bantum Correctional Center around 2 p.m., according to WABC.
Captain Ghauri was with two other captains while making rounds in a housing area, when out of nowhere, an inmate attacked him. The captain was punched in the face, which knocked him to the floor. Then the violent gang member got on top of him to continue the assault.
That’s when Captain Ghauri’s fellow captains jumped into action – except the action they took was to run away.
Correction Captains Association President Patrick Ferraiuolo told WABC that this sort of thing was not isloated.
“This captain was not helped – as a matter of fact, staff retreated from the area. Now, you can look at that two ways – you could look at that as just barely being a coward, or you could look at it as staff is just so concerned for their own safety that’s that’s the only thing that’s paramount in their minds,” Captain Ferraiuolo added.
Left to fight by himself, Captain Ghauri started to gain the upper-hand on the convict. That’s when two other inmates jumped in to attack him.
Finally, other corrections staff ran in to help. Captain Ghauri was left is numerous lacerations to his left cheek, the inside of his mouth, and a long laceration on his neck.
Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Peter Thorne released a statement saying:
“We will never tolerate the actions of those who harm our staff and we are working with the Bronx District Attorney to arrest and prosecute any inmate involved in this incident.”
He did not address the actions of the other captains.
You can see video of the incident below: