Two gang-related fights among eight Attica Correctional Facility imates and a Gowanda inmate’s attack on a guard during the past week are signs of increasing problems at the prisons, a labor union officials said Thursday.
The first incident occurred Aug. 6 at Attica, where two inmates got into a fight in the prison’s recreation yard and one was cut across the face with an unknown object before officers were able to break up the fight, said Joe Miano, the Western Regional vice prsident of the State Correctional Officers Police Benevolent Association.
Several minutes later in that recreation yard, six inmates fought until officers used tear gas to break up that apparently gang-related incident, Miano reported. All six inmates were taken to the prison’s special housing unit, he said.
The inmate injured in the first fight that day received 35 facial stitches and five staples to his face at the prison’s infirmary, Miano said.
The inmate who caused the facial injuries, Michel Busgith, now in his second year of a four-year prison term for a Bronx County robbery and assault conviction, was also placed in the special housing unit pending prison discriplinary proceedings, Miano said.
The next day at the Gowanda Correctional Facility, Adeola Koiki forced his way into an officers station and tried to take back the illegal radio that officers had earlier confiscated from him, Miano said.
One of the two correctional officers who subdued Koiki suffered a cut lip and minor jaw injuries and was treated at that prison’s infirmery, he said.
Koiki is serving a seven-year prison term at for a 2013 Kings County rape.