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Surveillance Video Shows Inmate-Guard Fight At Rikers Island

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Disturbing video showing a Rikers Island jail guard attacked by an inmate.

Surveillance cameras captured the fight on Oct. 5. The inmate threw the officer to the ground and then punched him several times.

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The brawl continues off-screen as the suspect picks up a garbage can and throws it at the guard.

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Surveillance video captured a fight between an inmate and a guard inside the jail at Rikers Island on Oct. 5, 2018. (Photo: NYC Department of Correction)

A Department of Correction spokesperson said the inmate has been placed in restrictive housing. The officer was not seriously hurt.

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The head of the correction officers' union released a statement saying: "This video and others like it are another reminder of why the officer-to-inmate ratio in the NYC DOC needs to change."

The department released its own statement which reads in part: "We are using every tool possible to help officers do their jobs in a secure environment."

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