Family of Dead Inmate Confronted by Angry Correction Officers Outside Court

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Simmering tensions between the family of a teenager beaten to death at Rikers Island and correction officers erupted today at the Bronx courthouse.
   
As an arraignment for several inmates charged in the case ended, more than 30 correction officers confronted members of Christopher Robinson's family in the hallway.
   
Three correction officers are charged with using inmates to act as enforcers in a teenage unit at the Robert N. Davoren Center. Their indictments have caused ripples of anger among correction officers. The officers showed up yesterday in force to protest the indictments.
   
"They were saying, 'you're here to convict the wrong people,'" Robinson's mother Charnell tells the Voice. "They were saying the correction officers didn't do anything."
   
Several Robinson family members and their pastor, Wilbur Jones, said the officers shoved a couple of the male members of the family, directed curse words at them, and took out their handcuffs, threatening to arrest them. A group of court officers intervened and escorted the family members away from the jail guards.
   
"This is absurd," Charnell said. "If the officers had just done their job, none of us would be here in court today. I can't for the life of me understand why I have to be harassed, while I'm dealing with the loss of my child."

"Officers who should be upholding the law are acting like animals," Jones added. "They talked about her son like he was a criminal."
   
The Voice is awaiting returned calls for comment from court administrators, the correction officers union, and a spokesman with the Department of Correction.

UPDATE: A spokesman for the Correction Officers Benevolent Association downplayed the  seriousness of the incident. "My understanding is that it was a very, very minor incident at best, and we can't even verify that correction officers were involved," spokesman Michael Skelly said. "Words were exchanged between one individual and a family member. It was nothing more than that."



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Nataliee
Nataliee

Wow I noe that I'm ode late for this but What happend to Christopher Robinson is so so SAD because he did not deserve to die how he did, even if he did miss curfew so what at least he wasent doing eney thing bad. And for the C.O.S that was there when the crime toke place I bet that if that was one of ya family member's ya would be filling SAD the same way as Christopher's mother is filling and that's PAIN, HURT E.T.C. but don't worry because at least he's in a better place right now and he will always noe that his mother loves him so very much. Rest In Peace Christopher Robinson you will always be Missed And Loved :)

HOTGUY
HOTGUY

so sadeven if the kid was a criminal he was doing his time and was being "coorected".one more reason not to live in nyc.i hope all 30 got fired.its bad enough that the cos looked the other way, the other buffoons decided that their inaction wasnt a problem and went in force to harass the bereaving family.  wow what conojes these cos have.  but the mayor bloomberg is ultimately responsiblefor this nonesense.  there shouldnt be warehousinh of these hoodies in nyc. we dont need the housing pj's. when will the city see that the pj''s are a failed social engineering that attempted to destroy middle class neighborhooss like rockwaway bwach and razed thousands of single family homes for these ghetto monstrosities.  chicgao got rid of its pj why cant we?we dont have tro worry about al qaeda in the city.  we have it already in all these poor black and spanish hoods. thats  where all the money needs to be spent.  not in iraq.RIP to the kid. pity you didnt flee the city for a better life in the countryside.  why dont all the ghetto dwellers leave this fucking city?

MAX PAYNE
MAX PAYNE

The C.Os are guilty of murder, rape, battery, robbery, assult, theft, sneaking inn contraband The C.Os who went to court are all part of the PROGRAM. And should all be investagated. I have heard rumers of F.B.I is invloved. max

jack
jack

i don't give a dam what he is or what he was he still did not have to die.there are other way to do things but no you all want to take matters in to your own hand. if you don't like your job get another line of work. cause what happen was murder and you all no it.

Honestkeeper
Honestkeeper

The sad thing is this paper never have anything positive to say about NYC Corrections Officers.. Come do our job for a week and I think you might have a better understanding of what goes on,,,The kid is a criminal, was a criminal and died a criminal..Sorry that the family have to go through this, but where were they when he was running the street,,,Those officer who showed up to that court house in the Bronx dont represent the 99.9% good officers who work in the department...Now print this.....

DANNY
DANNY

HE IS A CRIMINAL OR HE WAS !!!

Ajlouny
Ajlouny

Problem is that correctional officers are not above the law.

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