More than a dozen Rikers Island guards face discipline over their failure to administer aid to a transgender woman as she had an epileptic seizure. Layleen Polanco, age 27, had a seizure in her solitary cell June 7, 2019 and died after the guards failed to check on her, according to a Department of Correction investigation. She had been arrested for misdemeanor assault and had failed to produce $500 in bail but had not been convicted of a crime. A captain and three officers were suspended without pay Friday. “What happened to Layleen was absolutely unacceptable and it is critical that there is accountability,” Bill de Blasio said in a statement. Bronx district attorney Darcel Clark declined to press charges against the guards three weeks ago. The president of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association said his organization would fight the suspensions.
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