Officers help stop possible jail fight between Bloods and MS-13 inmates

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EAST MEADOW -

Correction officers helped to prevent a potential gang war in the Nassau County Correctional Center last month.

Officials say officers learned of an impending fight between the Bloods and MS-13 inmates in the maximum security dorm.

They say an officer received the tip from an informant about the fight, which was slated to happen the night of July 5. That officer notified his peers who were monitoring the Blood and MS-13 inmates gathering at a table.

Brian Sullivan, president of the Nassau Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, says that an officer began feeling uneasy over the demeanor and body language of the inmates. That officer then directed several of the MS-13 inmates to be escorted out of the dorm.

Officials say the inmates were then searched and that five weapons were recovered, two of which were made out of an inhaler.

"They were able to pull five jail-fashioned weapons that would be readily capable of killing anybody," Sullivan says.

He says that all officers involved used "good judgement and common sense" to prevent potential tragedy from occurring.

Four of the officers were presented with citations from the county Legislature.

 

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