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Correction Officers Injured While Breaking Up Fight Inside Bronx Juvenile Center

October 08, 2018 - 7:46 am

 NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Seventeen correction officers were hurt while breaking up a fight at the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx Sunday afternoon, according to the Correction Officers Benevolent Association.

The group said one officer suffered a broken nose when one teen slammed a walkie-talkie into the officer’s face. The other injuries are said to be minor.

The center opened last Monday under New York State’s new “Raise the Age” law which requires all 16 and 17-year-old inmates to be moved off Rikers Island.

A half a dozen brawls have been reported at the center in the past week. On Wednesday, another 20 officers were injured in a similar incident.

“I would like to personally thank all of our officers for displaying such courage and bravery in the early days of this historic transition” Cynthia Brann, commissioner of the NYC Department of Correction, said of the most recent brawl.

State law forbids guards at the facility from using pepper spray on minors. The officers are not permitted to carry handcuffs.

It’s not clear what caused Sunday’s fight, but Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen is now calling for the Horizon facility to be shut down.

“One of my correction officers will get killed if nothing changed,” Husamudeen told reporters after last week’s incident.

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services said instances of violence “involving youth and officers” were quickly addressed.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has said any teen who is shown to be violent can be moved out of the Horizon facility and into a more restrictive setting.