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The Bobster
06-08-2016, 09:44 AM

Rikers guards found guilty of beating inmate, failed coverup
By Emily Saul
June 7, 2016 | 7:47pm

Jahmel Lightfoot

A Bronx jury convicted five New York City correction officers Tuesday in the brutal 2012 beating of a Rikers Island inmate for looking at a officer the wrong way and a failed attempt to cover it up.

Eliseo Perez, Alfred Rivera, Tobias Parker, Jose Parra, and David Rodriguez face up to 15 years in prison for their beat-down of prisoner Jahmel Lightfoot after the inmate gave Perez — a high ranking officer — a dirty look during a routine search.

After a 12-week trial and four days of deliberations, the officers were found guilty of first-degree Attempted Gang Assault, first-degree Attempted Assault, second-degree Assault, first-degree Falsifying Business Records, first-degree Offering a False Instrument for Filing and Official Misconduct.

Perez, formerly Assistant Chief for Security, ordered the attack on Lightfoot in the intake area at the George R. Vierno Center.

Perez told his subordinates, “This guy thinks he’s tough; when you get him to the intake area, take him to a separate pen and knock his f—-ing teeth out,” according to witness testimony.

The jury acquitted a sixth officer, Jeffrey Richard, who was not directly involved in the beat-down.

Lightfoot suffered broken bones around both eyes, a fractured nose and other injuries when he has assaulted by the crew of jailers in a search pen with no surveillance footage and obscured by a sheet.

Described by prosecutors as men “the size of NFL linemen,” the correction officers held him down and stomped on his head and testicles.

After Lightfoot was taken to Bellevue Hospital, all 10 of the original defendants filed bogus reports to justify the beating, with Rivera falsely claiming that the inmate had slashed him with a homemade knife.

Lightfoot, 31, was serving four years for stealing a handbag. He was released from prison in 2014.

Captain Gerald Vaughn and Correction Officers Harmon Frierson and Dwayne Maynard opted for a bench trial, and Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett has indicated he will and down a decision this Friday.

Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Norman Seabrook :p derided the decision, calling it “unjust.”

“Today’s verdict is an absolute travesty and yet another example of how Correction Officers are treated differently and disrespected for doing the job they are sworn to do – protect New Yorkers,” Seabrook said in a post-verdict statement.

“We wonder if it is even possible for these officers to receive a fair trial given that the powers that be regularly use Correction Officers as a scapegoat for decades of mismanagement at Rikers,” the union head added.

“A Bronx jury has sent a clear message that a uniform and a badge does not absolve anyone from committing a crime, and that even a criminal behind bars deserves to be treated like a human being,” Bronx DA Darcel Clark said.

The five are scheduled for sentencing Sept. 6.

06-08-2016, 10:17 AM
Rikers Island Security Chief Is Charged With Ordering Brutal Assault on Inmate (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/27/nyregion/correction-officers-and-supervisors-charged-in-beating-at-rikers.html?_r=0) - June 26, 2013