Rikers Island Inmates Brawl It Out For More Than An Hour Over A Grilled Cheese

Try that headline on for size. Apparently a brawl broke out at Rikers Island today after two rival gangs couldn’t reach a compromise because one gang wouldn’t let the other use a hot plate to cook some damn grilled cheese.

NY Magazine has the scoop:


A jailhouse brawl earlier this month went on for way too long and injured at least eleven inmates and one officer, resulting in additional punishment for 32 prisoners. “They’re tossing chairs at each other, they have brooms, they have all kinds of weapons, and we’re outnumbered,” said Correction Officers Benevolent Association president Norman Seabrook. “We don’t have the staff to break it up. The officers certainly can’t go in there with just three officers against 60 inmates … The only thing they could possibly do at this point is watch.” ABC 7 has video.

According to the Daily News, it started over a grilled cheese: “Members of the Trinitarians, a Dominican gang, were upset their rival Crips were not letting them use a hot plate to cook the snack.”