NYC Pays 450K Settlement to Prisoner Assaulted by Rikers Guards

On August 31, 2015, New York City agreed to pay a $450,000 settlement to Robert Hinton, who in 2012 was subjected to a brutal beating by five corrections officers and their captain in a solitary confinement unit for men classified as mentally ill at the Rikers Island jail complex. The aggressors beat Hinton's face so severely that his nose was broken and his eyes swollen shut; after their attempts to cover up the beating did not meet with success, they were fired this past January.

Violence from correctional officers is endemic at the Rikers complex, where a New York Times report found 62 known instances of corrections officers injuring inmates elapsed between August 2014 and January 2015. In the words of Nicole Bellina, a partner at the NPAP-member firm Stoll, Glickman, & Bellina which represented Hinton, "Justice is the recognition that [Hinton] was being truthful that he was assaulted," and "that's more than we can say for a lot of other inmates attacked on Rikers Island."