Brooklyn, NY - A city jail warden, Tatanisha Banks, was attacked by former inmates while sitting on her stoop during a barbecue, according to The New York Daily News.
The incident occurred Sunday night, June 11, about 11:30 PM. Police said that at least three women attacked Officer Banks for no apparent reason, and punched her in the face and shoulder. During the assault, her nose was broken.
She told The Daily News that she didn't want to talk about it. Banks told police that she recognized one of her attackers from her job inside the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island. But she also told police that she didn't remember the inmate's name.
After the attack, all of the suspects ran into the Lafayette Gardens Houses, according to police. They have not been located. Officer Banks now has around-the-clock protection by the NYPD's Emergency Services Unit.
The NYPD is conducting the investigation.
City jail officers often come into contact with former inmates in their neighborhoods, who are either living there, have family there, or are visiting friends. It is rare for violence to carry over from New York City's many jails. And in an effort to prevent attacks such as this, jail officers are encouraged to keep a 'low social media profile.'
Jail officers are also advised to keep their confidential information safe, and not share personal information with inmates.
Get well soon, Officer Banks, and be safe.
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