Rikers Officer Accused of Ignoring Dying Inmate


A correction supervisor accused of ignoring a dying Rikers Island inmate was arrested, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan announced Monday, with Terrence Pendergrass charged with violating the prisoner’s rights.

The man was in a mental health unit after suicide attempts, including swallowing a battery and a caustic cleaning agent. Officers allege Pendergrass ignored their attempts to get help for the man.

Other inmates later told the FBI that the dying man had been banging on his cell door, spitting up blood and screaming for help.

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