Ex-Rikers Guard Kicked Ill Inmate to Death, Prosecutor Says at Trial” The New York Times


“Ex-Rikers Guard Kicked Ill Inmate to Death, Prosecutor Says at Trial” The New York Times

The New York Times reports on the trial of Brian Coll, a former Rikers guard for the death of an inmate, Ronald Spear.  Joshua L. Dratel, a lawyer for Mr. Coll, said that the evidence would show “quite a different set of facts” from allegations made by the prosecutors and that there had not been a “calculated, unprovoked assault on an inmate.” Mr. Dratel continued and said, “this is about an altercation started by the inmate himself, whose aggressive resistance to corrections officers and his extremely poor health led directly to his own death."

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