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Rikers inmates plead not guilty to charges after correction officer's brutal beating caught on video

Four gang-affiliated Rikers Island inmates pleaded not guilty to gang assault charges on Monday after they were captured on surveillance video pummeling a correction officer so brutally they left him with a fractured spine, officials said.

The six inmates were captured on surveillance camera approaching the 39-year-old correction officer Saturday evening before one, believed to be Espinal, delivered the first punch that knocked Souffrant to the ground.


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