Rikers Bus Drivers Won’t Transport a Witness Against Union Colleagues

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

Rikers bus drivers are in a unique position to prevent a witness imprisoned on the island from testifying against two members of their union accused of beating him: They're simply refusing to transport prisoners to court. Ostensibly, the work stoppage among the drivers is over bus safety issues, but it also happens to correspond with the scheduled testimony of one Dapree Peterson, in whose beating two Rikers correctional officers face assault and misconduct charges. Hard to see what the end game is here, though.