Guards' code of silence blamed in Rikers inmate killing

Jun 13, 2015 2:52 PM by News Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal prosecutors say they had to break through a code of silence among guards at the Rikers Island jail complex to bring charges against three current or former correction officers.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara spoke about it this week at a news conference announcing the charges. He says the guards agreed shortly after the 2012 death of prisoner Ronald Spear to tell a made-up story that leaves out important things, like the fact that he was kicked to death by a guard.

Bharara brought civil rights charges against Brian Coll and two others in Spear's death. The prosecutor says the federal probe shows Coll delivered the kicks and then led a conspiracy to make it seem the prisoner had attacked him with a cane.

Coll's lawyer has declined comment.

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