Correctional Officers Michael McKie, Khalid Nelson and Denise Albright have been arrested on charges that they organized a fight club of inmates called “The Program.” Using teen enforcers called “The Team,” they allegedly oversaw a system of beatings, extortion, and terror at Rikers prison in New York. They even allegedly held classes on how to beat prisoners to leave as few marks as possible.
The alleged program was discovered after the death of inmate Christopher Robinson – who refused to take part in “The Program.” In Robinson’s death, McKie and Nelson are charged with enterprise corruption rather than ordering the bearing. Albright is charged with conspiracy and assault. The men insist that they are being framed by inmates.
However, a dozen inmates have also been charged, including three with manslaughter.
Correction Commissioner Martin Horn said the allegations “broke my heart.” However, the question is how such a system could exist without the knowledge of other guards. If beating were routinely dispensed, why didn’t other officers notice and report the incidents. It is true that the first rule of fight club is “no one talks about fight club.” But the bruises should have spoken for themselves.
One could expect a wrongful death action to be filed by the Robinson family.
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5 thoughts on “Rikers’ Fight Club: Three Officers Arrested for Allegedly Organizing System of Beatings and Extortion”
I’m empathetic. Both Rafflaw and Mike S. have called ME the ‘J’ word
– more often than I would like to recall!
Sorry about that Buddha. I did notice that Mike A. reference yesterday but at first I thought there was a posting that I was missing! It eventually sunk in that you were referring to me.
mespo? mespo!?! Well I never!
Um, er, uh . . . that is to say okay, I “occasionally”. I suppose it’s only fair since I called Mike A. you yesterday, raff.
You are correct Mespo.
This sounds an awful lot like the torture situation at Gitmo and other US detention centers. Go ahead and torture them and do it systematically, but then try to allege that it was just a few bad apples! These upstanding corrections officers should be convicted and sent to the same prison where they ran this immoral “fight club” and get a little of their own medicine.
But they were all good Christians and upstanding Amerikuns!
Come on, right wing. Where’s your support for your boys who like to abuse prisoners! Come on, tell us how torture protects the American way and how Jesus would approve because the victims were “not one of us”. This should be prime troll food! You guys are slacking.
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