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Wed May 24, 2023, 07:56 PM

NYC: Detainee at City's Floating Jail on Life Support Two Weeks After Guard Tackle

A man locked up on the city’s jail barge has been on a ventilator for nearly two weeks after he was tackled by a group of correction officers when he refused to leave an elevator and then ran through a main gate, THE CITY has learned.

James Carlton, 39, was being escorted by an officer when he balked at an order to exit an elevator inside the Vernon C. Bain Center — the five-story floating house of detention on a barge in the East River — on May 11 at 11:24 a.m., according to the Department of Correction’s initial report of the incident.

When another officer came into the elevator, Carlton pushed his way past that guard, ran down a corridor, and pulled the main gate open, the report reads.

That’s when a team of captains and officers took him “down to the floor” and then put him on a gurney and brought him to the clinic area, according to paperwork filed by the officers after the so-called “use-of-force.”


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