New York City has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of Christopher Robinson for $2 million. Robinson was the young man beaten to death by a group of inmates in 2008 while he was on Riker’s Island serving time for a minor offense.
His beating and several others caused a major commotion in New York City about the on goings in Riker’s island. It was discovered that some of the prison guards in charge of the detention unit gave certain inmates authority to keep order. The inmates, because of that authority, would get special treatment.
Several of the guards went to prison or are in court for their actions. Other inmates have filed suit with the court and are looking for class action status for similar claims of guards turning a blind eye to inmates getting beat up.
Written by Lulaine Compere.