Rikers Guards Charged With Beating Inmate for Staring

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A sign of Rikers Island, where IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be held, is pictured in Queens, New York on May 16, 2011. A New York judge denied IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn bail on Monday, despite an offer from his defense team to put up $1 million in cash and surrender all his travel documents. The judge ordered the IMF chief detained, two days after he was pulled off a plane and accused of trying to rape a Manhattan hotel chambermaid. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: JEWEL SAMAD/2011 AFP

A group of Rikers guards, accused of beating an inmate at the behest of their superior and then covering it up, did so because he stared at supervising warden Eliseo Perez Jr., prosecutors said on Wednesday. "This guy thinks he’s tough," Perez allegedly told his team. "I want you to knock his f---ing teeth in," he ordered. The inmate, Jamal Lightfoot, wound up with broken eye sockets and nose. The ten defendants say they were using appropriate force, restraining a violent inmate.