NYC Rikers officer cleared of wrongdoing after city paid $9M to detainee nearly killed in jail assault

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New York Daily News

NEW YORK — After he stopped a mentally ill Rikers Island inmate’s savage attack on a fellow detainee in November 2019, Correction Officer Charlie Bracey went home satisfied he’d saved a life. Bracey had pulled Jorge Gutierrez off Sean McDermott as Gutierrez bashed McDermott 185 times with his cast-covered arm in a holding pen at the Anna M. Kross Center. “I reacted as quickly as possible … I don’t see what I could have done differently,” Bracey told the Daily News. But after the city paid the horribly injured detainee a $9 million legal settlement, Bracey nearly lost his job. “Sometimes when…

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