Two Rikers Island Officers Charged Over Beating Death of Inmate in 2012

A Former and current Rikers Island guard were arrested over the death of inmate Ronald Spear, allegedly in retaliation for Spear contacting lawyers about his kidney disease treatment. US attorney Preet Bharara planned a Wednesday news conference about the arrests in Ronald Spear’s death. Court papers say former guard Brian Coll repeatedly kicked Spear in the head. They say current guard Byron Taylor helped restrain Spear and then lied about his role.