News of the “Knockout” game, in which urban teens randomly punch unsuspecting citizens in the face, has spread to prison — and female correction officers are the primary target.
“Came right out of the bathroom and punched me in my eye,” an unidentified Rikers Island officer told MyFoxNY.com, a location television station. “I was actually only there to watch two inmates — not the whole house. But you still want to get a good look at who is in that housing area as well. We didn’t even make eye contact. … It’s not what I signed up for.”
The rookie officer suffered a fractured eye socket during the attack.
Correction Officers Union Vice President Liz Castro told the location she believes the new attacks are inspired by the “Knockout” game. “I feel that is what is going on. It’s ironic that is what is going on the last couple of weeks is that a lot of our females are being punched in the face.”
The adoption of “Knockout” by the inmates is another way for them to prove their toughness behind bars.