NEW YORK — Certain emergency responders can now use Tasers at Rikers Island — one of multiple changes to be made in an effort to promote safety at the facility, sources told PIX11 Thursday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio flew to Rikers via helicopter Thursday for his third visit as mayor.
He is expected to announce around 3:15 p.m. that 32 Emergency Services Unit captains will be able to use Tasers.
In addition, new scanners will be added to front entrances, ESU officials will be placed in every jail and the Queens Detention Facility is expected to be used for training, sources said.
The announcement comes the same day the Bronx DA announced an inmate has been indicted for allegedly attacking three correction officers, including one who suffered a gash that required 16 stitches.
The efforts come as PIX11 has highlighted the ongoing violence inside the city's jail system, some of which is caused by illegal contraband, such as blades, making their way inside.
Last month, a former inmate exclusively told PIX11 that he was able to smuggle a cellphone into the jail then use it to stream on Facebook Live while he displayed a blade.
Additional exclusive video later showed acting warden of the Brooklyn Detention Complex, Robin Beauliue, bypassing security.
The warden is not accused of bringing illegal contraband into the facility, but sources said the behavior “sets a bad precedent” and should raise red flags regarding security measures not only in Brooklyn, but throughout the Department of Corrections.