Rikers Correction Officer Accuses Coworker of Racist Discrimination
A white correction officer at Rikers Island, David Warwick, has accused a Black Department of Corrections civilian dispatcher of making racist comments and retaliating against him for filing a complaint with the state Division of Human Rights, Janon Fisher reports for The New York Daily News. According to Warwick’s filings, conflict between the two began in December 2021. The incidents are alleged to have included what Warwick describes as vulgar taunts, racist accusations and a threat of violence.
The complaint also alleged that the Black dispatcher, Gregory York, accused Warwick of placing a noose in his bathroom. In November, Warwick was transferred to a jail on the island where he works 16-hour shifts, sweeping and mopping the floors in the kitchen in a move he alleges was retaliation for his complaint with the state.