Correctional officials in Delaware say an officer was recently injured in Georgetown
after they were assaulted by an inmate.
According to the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware, the incident happened on Monday around 5:30 PM at Sussex Correctional Institute. An inmate was reportedly taunting a Correctional K-9 dog during dinner and was ordered back to his cell. While two officers escorted the inmate he was allegedly being verbally abusive towards the officers. Once they reached the inmate's cell he was reportedly asked to stop misbehaving by one of the officers, in which time the inmate charged and punched the officer on the side of the neck. After a short struggle, officers were reportedly able to regained control over the inmate. However, the inmate continued to misbehave even threatening a medical staff member.
The COAD says the officer the inmate attacked was bruised and scratched. The second officer was reportedly uninjured.
This happened less than a week after another Correctional Officer was assaulted and injured by an inmate at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Also about two weeks after a deadly hostage situation again at JTVCC.
COAD President, Geoff Klopp released a statement saying, "Inmates continue to refuse to follow legitimate instructions from Correctional Officers. Threats, taunts, and assaults are a daily way of life in our prisons. It is as if the events of the past two weeks never occurred. The response thus far to these horrible events has been lacking. What will it take? Press conferences and special commissions don't address the needs of the day. Our Officers are not safe in the prisons of our state. Period. Something must be done, now!"