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New York City Jail Guards Are Fighting to Keep Their Records Secret
Amid abuse charges, union acts to ‘protect our officers.’
A little-noticed case in an obscure New York City court has become the focus of a legal effort by the correction officers’ union to keep secret the identity and disciplinary histories of guards at city jails, including Rikers Island, where the city and the federal government are cracking down on widespread abuse by officers.
The case concerns
Aubrey Victor, a guard who was caught on video repeatedly kicking a 16-year-old inmate in the face as he lay on the floor.
Jail officials deemed the use of force excessive and potentially deadly. Normally, details of the 2011 case would not have become public because of a uniquely restrictive state law that shields the personnel records of law enforcement officers, including guards. …
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