A massive brawl broke out in New York’s new juvenile center, leaving 20 corrections officers injured in the aftermath.
Security footage of the fight starts mid-brawl as guards try to quell Wednesday’s uprising at the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx.
A dozen inmates were being transported to a mess hall at the facility at approximately 11am when the commotion started.
As they passed two classrooms, they were bombarded by a group of 18 other inmates who immediately started squabbling with the 12.
In the midst of all the fighting, numerous security personnel jumped into the fray to break things up.
20 corrections officers were injured in the fighting and 11 needed to be taken to a hospital.
Most of the injuries were to hands, arms and legs and were consistent with assault injuries.
The brawl is tied to gang activity, the New York Post reports.
‘We’re saying to the City of New York, shut Horizon down today, immediately, until it can be made safe,’ Correction Officers Benevolent Association president Elias Husamudeen said at a press conference following the brawl.
‘Why are two rival gangs that are battling put together or are commingling?’ cosigned Queens Councilman Bob Holden.
There are roughly 90 kids and teenagers housed at the facility. Defendants – aged 16 and 17 – from Rikers were relocated to the facility on Monday in a move touted as ‘an historic day for criminal justice reform’ by Mayor Bill de Blasio.