Jail Guards Indicted For Assaulting Prisoner

ELIZABETH – Two Union County jail officers who allegedly assaulted a prisoner are now under indictment.

Officer Alvin White, 34, is accused of punching Edwin Reyes and breaking the inmate’s jaw on July 15. Sgt. Eric Williams, 41, allegedly slapped Reyes and failed to notify his supervisors about the altercation, authorities said.

The officers, who have been suspended without pay, both face official misconduct charges. White also faces a charge of aggravated assault.

“Both of them acted outside of their legitimate authority,” said Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.

Williams’ attorney, Robert Norton, said his client “feels he is being made a scapegoat because of all the prior incidents at the Union County jail.”

Last year, five corrections officers were investigated and reprimanded for their inaction in the jail escape of inmates Otis Blunt and Jose Espinosa, who were gone from their cells for nearly a day before anyone noticed.

Earlier this year, a corrections officer and a maintenance worker admitted taking bribes in exchange for smuggling in cigarettes and a cell phone. 

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