Inmates spitting in guards’ faces amid coronavirus outbreak in NYC jails, sources say

By: 
Tina Moore and Craig McCarthy

Spiteful inmates are coughing and spitting on correction officers as the pandemic COVID-19 has become potentially weaponized in city jails, The Post has learned.

“I got the virus, I don’t give a f–k. I got ‘rona, suck my d–k,” one inmate snarled before spewing on the guards, one source recalled.

More than 400 corrections officers have been infected with coronavirus and six Department of Correction staffers — four officers, one captain and a civilian — have been claimed by the disease.

Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen decried that acts and called for the inmates to be brought to justice.

“It’s already a felony for an inmate to throw urine and feces on a correction officer and given how deadly this disease is and taking the lives of our members any inmate that deliberately coughs on a correction officer should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Husamudeen said.

The disgusting acts come as COBA got a major win for its members — securing free testing for coronavirus for all corrections officers.

Last week, a judge sided with COBA forcing the DOC to more properly protect officers with masks and testing.

A spokesman for DOC said it is providing masks to all its staff, as well as inmates.

“In addition, the safety and well-being of our officers is paramount and we do not tolerate attacks on staff who work to make our jails safer for all,” Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Peter Thorne said. “We will investigate every assault on staff and pursue disciplinary action up to and including re-arrest for any person accused of attacking a DOC employee.”