Several correctional officers in Delaware facilities have been assaulted over the past 2 days. President of COAD, Geoff Klopp says an inmate at SCI in Georgetown was verbally abusive to staff on Tuesday – and stopped moving into a holding area. As staff tried to move him along, the inmate struck the officer in the upper body with a closed fist. A call for assistance was made – neither was seriously injured.
A similar incident occurred at the Baylor Women’s facility on Tuesday where a female inmate punched a female officer in the chest. The officer was treated for minor injuries.
On Wednesday, several high security inmates were being escorted to their cells when one inmate made inappropriate comments to a female officer. As restraints on another inmate were removed to place him in his cell, the disrespectful inmate got out of his waist chain restraints and began striking an officer in the face. Multiple staff helped to safely restrain the inmate. the officer who was struck suffered facial injuries and injuries to his knee and wrist.
Geoff Klopp, President of COAD stated, “Three assaults in such a short period of time sends one clear message: the current system of Corrections is broken and must be fixed before someone else is killed or maimed. Simply sweeping the problems off the front page of the newspapers and hoping things hold together until after the election only further endangers the lives of Corrections Officers.”