Three veteran correction officers, two from Long Island, were arrested and charged with beating an inmate at a jail on Rikers Island, and a fourth was charged with falsifying records to cover up the attack, New York City investigators said.
Michael Dorsainvil, 37, of Valley Stream, Christopher Huggins, 31, of Westbury, and Mark Anglin, 39, of Queens were charged with first-degree attempted gang assault, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree attempted gang assault and second-degree assault in the case stemming from the beating of an inmate at the George Motchan Detention Center last March.
They were charged along with Ronald Donnelley, 61, of the Bronx, with falsifying business records, offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct.
"Correction officers who use force when it is unjustified and falsify the facts to cover it up undermine the safety and integrity of our city's jails and make the job of all correction officers more difficult," Mark Peters, commissioner of the city Department of Investigation, said in a news release Friday.
Officials said video surveillance at the jail captured Dorsainvil, Huggins and Anglin assaulting an inmate on March 15, 2013, and filing paperwork that said the inmate suffered injuries while the officers were trying to prevent him from hanging himself. Donnelley is not said to have taken part in the attack, but he is charged with filing a use-of-force report as a witness to the incident that corroborated the officers' claims.
The defendants' attorneys could not be reached for comment.