- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Investigators say New York City jail guards beat an inmate in his cell last year then faked paperwork and planted a noose to suggest he had attempted suicide.

A Department of Investigation inspector general described the Oct. 2013 Rikers Island incident in a letter to Bronx prosecutors made public Monday.

It says three guards entered the inmate’s cell, threw him on the ground and beat his face and body. It says they then faked paperwork to explain the use-of-force, fashioning a noose out of pants to suggest he’d attempted suicide.

Jail rules say guards can’t enter an inmate’s cell unless there’s an immediate threat.

The DOI is conducting a wide-ranging investigation into misconduct on Rikers.

Prosecutors investigated, but a spokeswoman says they couldn’t prove criminality beyond a reasonable doubt.

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