Media Coverage of Today's Inmate Arraignment

Date Posted: 
Sep 22, 2016
Message from Brian Sullivan, President
 
I'd like to thank all of our Members who reported to Hempstead District Court earlier today for the Arraignment of inmate Angel Hernandez. As you all should know by now, Hernandez viciously assaulted our Union brother Ryan Papka in the 832 Visiting room on August 22nd. We had a great showing of support and packed the courtroom sending a strong message that we will not tolerate these acts of violence against our Correction Officers and will demand justice to the fullest extent of the law.
 
Hernandez was charged with 3 Felony Assault charges and Arraignment Court Judge Darlene Harris remanded him with a 300 thousand dollar bail. This on top of his current 500k bail for the violent charges he was already in jail for.
 
We once again obtained great press coverage getting our message out to the public from behind these walls. This Union will not stop in that endeavor to have our voices and message heard.
 
I express great appreciation to the Court Officers, Court Supervisors, the District Attorney's Office and our Transportation Officers for ensuring that today's events transpired as smoothly as possible. The courtesy displayed by them and the support shown by our Members today is proof positive of what professionals you all are. We will continue to monitor this case as it progresses to ensure justice is achieved for Officer Papka and that a strong message is sent to all other inmates that you will be held accountable for your actions.
 
Always yours in Unionism
Brian Sullivan,
President, Nassau COBA
 

New 12 Long Island:  Nassau inmate charged in severe assault of correction officer

September 22, 2016 1:22 PM
 
 
Members of the correction officers union attended the arraignment of Angel Hernandez. (9/22/16)
 
WOODBURY - A Nassau County jail inmate was arraigned today and charged with severely assaulting a correction officer.
Members of the correction officers union attended the arraignment of Angel Hernandez.
The 22-year-old was already in jail on charges including attempted murder when officials say he assaulted a correction officer in the jail's visiting room last month. The officer was knocked unconscious.
Hernandez is facing three felony assault charges.  
 
 

Newsday: Nassau jail inmate pleads not guilty in attack on officers

Updated September 22, 2016 8:10 PM
By Bridget Murphy  bridget.murphy@newsday.com
 
 
Fellow correction officers show support as Angel Hernandez was arraigned for attacking and injuring a court officer at the Nassau County Correction Facility. The arraignment was on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Hempstead. (Credit: Howard Schnapp
 
A Nassau County jail inmate pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges Thursday after authorities accused him of punching a correction officer last month and knocking him unconscious.
Angel Hernandez, 22, of Uniondale, also injured two other correction officers who stepped in to try to control him after the "unprovoked" attack, a prosecutor alleged in court.
 
Hernandez already is jailed on other offenses he's denied committing, which court records show include attempted murder and weapon charges.
More than two dozen Nassau correction officers rose from their seats during the inmate's Hempstead court arraignment Thursday.
Correction union leader Brian Sullivan said it was a show of solidarity for a veteran colleague "with a spotless record" who suffered a concussion and other injuries that have left him unable to work since the Aug. 22 encounter.
 
Felony complaints charging Hernandez with three counts of second-degree assault allege he shouted to another inmate in a jail visiting room, was told to stop, and was taken from the area after he ignored the order. They allege Hernandez then swung at the correction officer, hitting him in the back of the head.
 
But Hernandez's attorney, Nicholas Marino, told District Court Judge Darlene Harris his understanding was his client got into an altercation with another inmate and correction officers got hurt trying to break it up.
The judge set Hernandez's bail at $200,000 cash or $300,000 bond, which is separate from his $500,000 bail, cash or bond, in the attempted murder case.
 
The violence in the jail's visiting area broke out at a time when the East Meadow facility's safety and security has been questioned, including during a summer rally by correction union members.
On Sept. 4, nine correction officers needed hospital treatment for minor injuries after inmate violence erupted in a jail dorm.
"To be clear, this incident actually occurred in a fully staffed area of our facility," Sullivan said of the Aug. 22 event. "That shows you the problems we have when there's cuts in other areas of the facility, when something like this can happen in a fully staffed area."
Nassau County Sheriff Michael Sposato has defended the safety of the jail, previously discounting union member complaints as the grumblings of employees who wanted to do fewer patrols.
 
"We have a zero tolerance policy as it relates to acts of violence," Sposato said Thursday in a statement. "We will make every effort to ensure that anyone committing such acts of violence will be arrested, charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
 
 
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