Prisons

Jail Chief Charged For Ordering Prisoner's Beating

Put him in his own lock-up

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After the second inmate slashing of the day, guards on Rikers Island were checking inmates for weapons — an exhaustive process that involves repeated strip searches and the use of screening devices.

Standing outside a search pen, the new assistant chief for security, Eliseo Perez Jr., locked eyes with an inmate.

"This guy thinks he's tough," Chief Perez said, according to prosecutors in the Bronx. And then he ordered his subordinates to kick the inmate's teeth in, the authorities said.