Video shows ‘fight nights’ inside Rikers Island; inmate says gang leader forced participation

Video shows ‘fight nights’ inside Rikers Island; inmate says gang leader forced participation

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Surveillance video recorded inside Rikers Island shows what attorney Eric Burse said is one of many “fight nights” inside the jail. On the video, inmates are crowded around a cell, where Burse said the fight was happening inside. He described inmates as “cheering … throwing their arms up in the air as if it’s some kind of Vegas boxing match.” The video was recorded in October 2021, and Burse told PIX11 News his client is one of eight men who were forced to fight inside the jail by a gang leader. “You see a corrections office, just one female officer, on the floor [and] it’s clear she sees what’s going on,” Burse said. “At one point, she kind of walks over to the leader and says, …
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