Inmates at Rikers Island were hungry for violence this Thanksgiving week.
City Correction Officers suffered through at least three separate incidents in which inmates attacked them, surveillance videos acquired by the Daily News show.
Two of the attacks occurred Wednesday, hours before the Thanksgiving holiday was set to start. The third took place Friday.
In one video, recorded at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, an inmate calmly walks up to a correction officer stationed in a cell block hallway.
The inmate appears to chat with the officer before he suddenly attacks, aiming three haymakers at the officer’s face.
The prisoner then chases the officer down the hall. Three other inmates approach before the 24-second clip ends.
A second surveillance video recorded Wednesday shows an inmate in a crowded hallway grabbing a correction officer and throwing him against a wall.
As the officer tries to break free, but the inmate grabs him by the throat. When the guard turns to fight the inmate punches him twice before chasing him out of the view of the camera.
A third video taken at 10:15 a.m. Friday shows an inmate trying to strike a correction officer — who ducks in time to avoid the punch.
The two men then grapple before the officer grabs the prisoner by the waist and executes a perfect take down move.
None of the officers were seriously injured, officials said. All of the inmates involved are expected to face criminal charges and additional jail time.
Union officials say the videos are an example of how quickly violence can escalate in city jails.
“(They) show exactly what happens when inmates have no fear of consequences for assaulting correction officers, because the city of New York’s criminal justice reforms have permitted a culture of violence against correction officers,” said Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association.
Inmates will be even more emboldened if state legislators make good on their plan to eliminate punitive segregation for inmates who attack correction officers “with impunity,” Husamudeen said.