A city jail deputy warden says she was punched in the face by a former inmate and several other people during a barbecue at her house in Brooklyn, the Daily News has learned.
Tatanisha Banks, 41, had her nose broken during the brawl that began as she sat on her stoop Sunday at 11:30 p.m., law enforcement sources said.
At least three women attacked Banks for no apparent reason, a police source said. She was punched in the face and shoulder during the assault, the source said.
“I just don’t want to talk about it,” a visibly bruised Banks told the Daily News on Wednesday.
Banks told jail investigators that she recognized one of the unnamed attackers from her work inside the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island.
But she does not remember that person’s name, jail insiders say.
After the attack, the suspects ran into the Lafayette Gardens Houses, according to the police source.
The NYPD is investigating.
Banks is now getting 24/7 protection by the department’s elite Emergency Service Unit, sources said.
The Correction Department declined to comment.
City jail officers frequently run into former inmates living in their neighborhoods. Some are charged with supervising childhood friends.
Violence spilling out of the city’s multiple lockups is a rare occurrence. In an effort to prevent attacks, jail officers are encouraged to keep a low social media profile.
They are also told never to share personal information with detainees, including where they live or details about their families.
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