Officers injured in Willard incident

The union representing corrections officers at the Willard Drug Treatment Center said three officers were injured during an incident with an inmate earlier this month.

In a press release, the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association said the incident happened July 12 while officers were trying to restrain an irate and unruly inmate.

Union officials said the incident started in the center’s courtyard, where an officer was trying to counsel a 34-year-old inmate. The inmate allegedly became hostile and began waving his hands and yelling at the officer, who ordered him to calm down; the inmate allegedly refused.

Officials said the inmate was given several more direct orders in an effort to de-escalate the situation. The inmate was taken inside the facility, but continued to be unruly.

The officer ordered the inmate to put his hands on a wall. Initially, officials said, the inmate turned toward the wall but suddenly spun around and elbowed the officer in the chest.

The officer grabbed the inmate in a body hold as additional staff responded. Union officials said it took three officers to get the inmate to the ground as he continued to struggle.

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