Reading this on your phone or tablet? Download our new app on Google Play and the Apple store.
NYLON – Two separate incidents within one week of inmates throwing their toilet water at corrections officers in the NYS prison system has resulted in more criminal charges for one inmate at Attica Correctional Facility and disciplinary action against another inmate at Orleans Correctional Facility.
According to a press release from the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President Mike Dildine says the organization is disappointed that criminal action was not taken against the inmate at Orleans, adding that for an inmate to throw toilet water on a corrections officer was made an E felony in 2013.
“Correction officers work in adverse and difficult conditions every day,” said Vice President Mike Dildine. “Even when performing routine duties, officers are subjected to conditions that can be, or are, dangerous to their health and safety. We are disappointed that the administration at Orleans Correctional Facility did not pursue criminal action against the inmate. We will continue to monitor both situations and advocate on behalf of our members for criminal prosecution when it is appropriate.”
On April 7 at approximately 4:15 p.m. at Attica Correctional Facility, two officers were handing out meals to inmates on a unit at the maximum security facility. When they approached inmate Jeramias Santiago’s cell, they attempted to give him his meal tray through a hatch on the cell door. He pushed the tray back at the officers and became agitated, saying he wasn’t going to eat the meal. As one of the officers attempted to close the cell hatch the inmate grabbed a water bucket inside his cell, and threw an unknown liquid through the cell hatch, hitting both officers.
One officer was hit in the face, upper body and legs. The second officer was struck in the arms and face. After getting hit with the liquid, both officers secured the cell hatch and exited the unit.
They were both brought to the prison’s medical facility for treatment. A doctor who examined them determined they had significant exposure. Both officers were then taken to Erie County Medical Center for further treatment and released later that evening, and State Police were advised of the incident.
Santiago is serving a four year sentence after being convicted in Kings County in 2011 for Assault int he Second Degree and Attempted Assault in the Second Degree.
Three days later, on April 10, a similar incident occurred at Orleans Correctional Facility, a medium security prison located 30 miles north of Attica.
At approximately 5:05 p.m., an officer was making his rounds when an inmate, Jeddidia Manning, stopped the officer and stated he was going to flood his cell by stuffing toilet paper into the toilet. The officer ordered the inmate to bring his hands out so he could put restraints on so other officers could go inside the cell and remove the toilet paper, and Manning refused. A sergeant who came to the scene again ordered the inmate to put his hands out, and again Manning refused. The sergeant turned away to notify a supervisor of the situation, and when he did, Manning threw liquid from a small cup through the cell hatch, striking the officer who was attempting to close the cell hatch.
NYSCOPBA added that the officer remained on duty but was not allowed by administrators to shower for two hours after the incident.
Manning is serving a two to six year sentence after being convicted in 2014 in Oswego County for Attempted Arson in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree.
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Flickr.com)