- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The union representing jail guards is suing New York City, arguing officials haven’t done enough to protect its members from attacks by inmates.

The suit filed Wednesday in state Supreme Court in the Bronx also alleges officials have violated state labor laws by not adequately training guards.

The lawsuit names two particular inmates who union boss Norman Seabrook claims have been responsible for dozens of attacks on guards in recent years.

Seabrook’s lawsuit says officers don’t receive enough training in how to handle disruptive inmates and lack equipment such as helmets and shin guards.

A spokesman says city lawyers will review the complaint.

Jails Commissioner Joseph Ponte (pahnt) told city lawmakers Monday serious violence is down in the jails, including inmate assaults of guards.

The union represents about 9,000 guards.



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