Argument Over Hot Plate Leads to Hour Long Brawl at Rikers Island

Crips wouldn't let a Dominican gang use a hot plate to make grilled cheese sandwiches


A jailhouse brawl earlier this month went on for way too long and injured at least eleven inmates and one officer, resulting in additional punishment for 32 prisoners. "They're tossing chairs at each other, they have brooms, they have all kinds of weapons, and we're outnumbered," said Correction Officers Benevolent Association president Norman Seabrook. "We don't have the staff to break it up. The officers certainly can't go in there with just three officers against 60 inmates … The only thing they could possibly do at this point is watch."