Officer in Critical Condition After Massive Brawl at Bronx Juvenile Center
BRONX — October 4, 2018
One officer is in critical condition following a massive Bronx juvenile center brawl.
According to a police report, a massive brawl broke out yesterday when two rival gangs clashed shortly after 12 p.m. inside of Horizon Juvenile Center, reports the Correction Officers’ Union.
Twenty correction officers were treated for injuries sustained while attempting to break up the melee.
Some of the officers were treated on the scene and several others were transported to the hospital from the corrections facility located at 560 Brook Ave.
Most of them suffered minor injuries, scratches, and bruises. But one officer, the first to get involved in the fight, received several blows to the head and a wound to the stomach. He remains in the hospital in critical condition.
Ninety-three teens were moved from Rikers Island to the Horizon Juvenile Center on Monday in response to the city’s implementation of the “Raise the Age” legislation under which minors will no longer be treated as adults when they are arrested.
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services acknowledged the transition and Wednesday’s violence in a statement:
“We are in a transitionary period for a historic reform that’s never been done before and there have been some incidents involving youth and officers, which were quickly addressed. None of the injuries were serious, but we take these and all incidents seriously.”
City Councilman Bob Holden called the transition to Horizon “an ill-conceived plan.”
Sources told PIX11 the officers were injured when breaking up a fight between residents of the center.
Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed ongoing concerns about Horizon today saying, “Let’s be clear. If there are any instances where one of these young people acts violently, one — they will be transferred to a more restrictive setting. Two — depending on what it is, they can be charged with an additional crime.”