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Rikers officers plead guilty to covering up inmate beating during Hurricane Sandy

“With tensions running high in the aftermath of a catastrophic storm, these correction officers covered up an assault on an inmate and were ultimately caught,” the Bronx DA said.
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Three New York City Department of Correction officers, including a former captain, plead guilty to covering up an assault on an inmate in Rikers, the Bronx district attorney announced on Thursday.

“With tensions running high in the aftermath of a catastrophic storm [Hurricane Sandy, 2012], these correction officers covered up an assault on an inmate and were ultimately caught,” DA Darcel D. Clark said. “Our office will continue to pursue all crimes on Rikers Island.”

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Moises Simancas, 40, Tyrone Wint, 31, and April Jackson, 36, each plead guilty to falsifying business records and face up to five years of probation. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2017.

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On Oct. 30, 2012, the day following Hurricane Sandy’s first strike on New York, inmates of the George R. Vierno Center on Rikers Island were confined in their cells for longer than usual due to the weather.

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Clark’s office said Simancas, Wint and Jackson had a dispute with Gabino Genao, one of the inmates. The officers handcuffed Genao and took him from his cell to a vestibule where they beat him, the DA said.

The three officers then falsified the “Use of Force” report.

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