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16 correction officers injured in brawl at Bronx juvenile center

October 08, 2018 - 7:34 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- At least 16 correction officers were injured while breaking up a fight at the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx Sunday afternoon.

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

Just last week, 20 officers were injured in a similar incident.

State law forbids guards at the facility from using pepper spray on minors. The officers are also 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.

“We are calling for the closing, or the shutting down, of this place until it could be made safe,” Husamudeen said.

On Wednesday, a similar incident occurred when members of rival gangs began fighting inside the hallways of the center.

“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.