Rikers Island Inmate Badly Beaten While Handcuffed for Protesting When Guards Denied Him a Baloney Sandwich

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From the depths of Rikers Island comes an appalling case of alleged jailhouse brutality, involving correction officers beating a handcuffed inmate within an inch of his life for protesting after he was denied a baloney sandwich, the Voice has learned.

The April 3 assault on 26-year-old Robert Hinton in the George R. Vierno Center on Rikers is currently under internal investigation, but he was choked so badly during the beating, his eyeballs filled with blood, and his face swelled to three times its normal size, his mother and his lawyer tell the Voice.

"His nose is broken, his lips are broken and bruised, his tongue is cut, he has two loose front teeth," says his mother, Parys Johnson. "You pull up his eyelids and you see nothing but blood."

Investigators have visited Hinton to take pictures, and are interviewing witnesses. Five to 8 officers were involved, including a supervisory captain. Their work status is currently unknown.

The incident began when Hinton refused to be transferred to another unit without getting his baloney sandwich. He sat down in protest on the tier, and refused to cooperate.

"When he came back from court, he was told he was being moved," Johnson says. "He was hungry. He sat down and wasn't going to move. They got angry."

Under jailhouse rules, a protesting inmate is required to be moved via stretcher by a specially trained team of officers. Instead, evidently irate guards handcuffed him with plastic zip ties and dragged him into a cell, beat him against the bars. Only after he had passed out from the beating, was a stretcher called.

Hinton told his lawyer that he woke up on the floor. Someone was giving him CPR. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and then the jail ward at Bellevue Hospital for treatment. After a couple of days there, he was returned to Rikers and is now housed at the North Infirmary Command, where sick and injured detainees are held.

No Correction Department officials bothered to call Johnson to notify her about her son's injuries. Instead, she found out through another inmate, who called her when he was released. "He tells me this horrific story," she says. "The officers beat your son and he wasn't breathing. He says they beat him so bad there was blood everywhere. The obvious thing that went through my mind is why didn't anyone from Rikers contact me."

The correction officers involved have claimed that Hinton assaulted them, but hs lawyer Cynthia Conti-Cook says that's impossible. "In order for that to occur, he would have had to be uncuffed," she says. "But he's in a facility where you have to put your hands through a cuffing port to be uncuffed. So, their description of the facts makes no sense. It's just indicative of the lengths they will go to lie to cover this up."

DOC spokeswoman Sharman Stein says, "We are investigating this incident."

We should note that Hinton has been incarcerated since he was 17 years old, and has previously been arrested twice in Rikers, for assaulting a correction officer and an inmate. He has also had a number of other disciplinary problems, and has a lawsuit pending against the jail system.

Hinton has been held at Rikers for four years, an unusually long time for a pending case. (His original charge of attempted murder was reduced to assault.)

"I don't know what to do," Johnson says. "I didn't even think they could keep you there that long. It's torture to go to court over and over again."

Queens District Attorney spokeswoman Helen Peterson explains: "He is awaiting sentencing and there are some legal issues being worked out."


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SEEMEE
SEEMEE

Dear Mshinton09, how could this be your husband, when Hinton used to 'BUUUT' FU#K this woman I know?

cb
cb

can anybody tell us what happens when an innocent officer is attacked & brutally beaten by an inmate? i can tell you, not nearly enough is done. infractions aren't served, inmate doesn't even get days and plenty of times the officer gets punished. inmates have been cuffed and attacked officers bc I've seen it. inmate or officer, everybody wants to go home to their family the way they came in. rikers island is jail not a damn day camp where inmates pick and choose what they are going to do. lets be realistic here not one of us was there and the media  tends to be one sided and doesn't exactly always tell the full story.

Ishaq Mumin
Ishaq Mumin

This has got to stop beloved FBF! If you have family or friends that is or has been held on Rikers Island Re-Post as a form of protest.

Bronxsocialyte
Bronxsocialyte

have you heard that phrase only god can judge me!! you know@soildsnake, you stated that he is a harden criminal, sound like you one too who never got caught, prision is anybody ground you could be coming home and be picked up for a mistake, and look you no longer innocent correction officers going too jail too, never judge anyone, at 17yrs old you dont know the person it could of been his life on the line.. you are a person bitter, dont let it happen too you, because if it does you are already harden criminal, waiting too get caught

MAYA_ANGELOU
MAYA_ANGELOU

ALL THOSE C.O'S ARE CORRUPTED AND IM GLAD PEOPLE ARE EXPOSING THEY ASSES! THEY BE THE MAIN ONES BRINGING IN DRUGS FOR INMATES ,AND HAVIN SEX WITH THEM........HOPE THEY ALL GET FIRED!

Bob
Bob

somebody better lose some vacation days over this

Nyc
Nyc

Lose days fuck outta here

Solidsnake357
Solidsnake357

Been in jail since 17 years old. He is a hardened, cold blooded criminal who knows how to play the system.The lawyers & ACLU are adding to an already dangerous climate at Rikers. Inmates assault Officers, throws feces, piss, & whatever else you van imagine on officers & staff members. Does an officer not have the right to defend himself?Frankly I do not know what happened in this incident, but what I ido know is this scumbag has been accused of murder, been in & out of jail since he was 17, has been It sickens me how these murderers, rapist, & scum of society enter the jail system with blood on there hands & then all of a sudden they are the victims.

FarRockGoddess
FarRockGoddess

@Solidsnake357 @Solidsnake357...first of all who said he really did the crime he's bein accused of that's why he's bein held on the island for so long my ex boyfriend didn't deserve to be handcuffed & beaten the way they did him your calling him a scumbag & don't even know him you judging him like your God & you seen all he been through which you haven't so don't speak on what you don't know don't make an ass of yourself by assuming shit secondly them c.o don't get a fuck about the inmates they treat them like shit you could be in there for disorderly conduct & they would treat you like you killed someone they don't respect you & treat you like an animal a lot of them do deserve piss & feces thrown at them bet you didn't think that some of the c.o be raping the inmates & of course the inmates can't say nothing cause all the c.o stick together & cover up each others dirt so the inmates just gotta deal with it...not everyone in jail is guilty of the crimes that are bein pend against them their are thousands of people in jail to this very day doin time for crimes they didn't committee so don't label somebody as a criminal just cause their in jail that's just like labeling you as a dick head for just reading your post...sincerely da real Mrs Johnson

Keviah
Keviah

 Wow really honestly you would probably do anything to defend the corrupted system of America. Sure inmates in prison do crazy stuff but who really deserves to be beaten so badly that your almost paralyzed and put into a wheelchair. My brother died that day and I am pretty sure that these "doctors" wouldn't of brought him back if they didn't know them and the city would be sewed for all it has. The comment you put up is very Ignorant and inconsiderate for the family my brother has putting up with people like you every other day. Everyday someone gets blamed for something that they didn't do... harassed when they do not deserve it.... or killed with envious intentions because of what people "think" of the people incarcerated. People make mistakes killing someone is not  the way to solve it.

Your such a dork

Mshinton09
Mshinton09

First off this is my husband that this happened to he is not a cold blooded criminal nor a scumbag it does not matter what he did in. His past this is the present and he was Beaten within a inch of his life and trust and believe justice will be served and like you said you dont know what happened in this incident so please don't comment on what you don't know

Mshinton09
Mshinton09

This is not about no fucking money if that's what you think it's about right and wrong people can be so ignorant Smh

Nyc
Nyc

To u too Fucc outta that dude is full of shit,money running out huh.

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