Mentally ill Rikers inmate with pen slashes correction officers

Two city correction officers were cut by a mentally ill inmate armed with a pen on Rikers Island Friday morning, jail officials said.

Jerroid Dubois allegedly slashed the officers inside the Anna M. Kross facility at 9:40 a.m., department records show. Dubois, 52, is in jail facing burglary charges. The department lists him as one of the hundreds of mentally ill detainees behind bars.

One officer was cut on the forehead and the other was slashed on the cheek, photos obtained by the Daily News show. A ballpoint pen was recovered after the assault.

The union representing correction officers slammed the latest violence.

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“Once again, our correction officers are the victims of Mayor de Blasio’s failed jail policies that have only emboldened the inmates to assault us, said Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association.

“If he demonstrated the same passion for protecting our members as he does for running around the country, touting his progressive credentials, we might have a much safer jail system,” he added. “Unfortunately, he’s demonstrated that he can’t be trusted to have our backs. How many more correction officers have to be maimed before he wakes up?”

Jail officials took immediate action after the assault.

“The inmate who perpetrated this cowardly attack was promptly arrested and removed from the general population,” said Correction Department spokesman Peter Thorne. “We will work with the Bronx District Attorney’s office to make sure he faces serious consequences. Correction officers have one of the most difficult jobs in law enforcement and assaulting our hardworking officers, who help keep our city safe, is repugnant.”

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