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NYC Youth Jail Employee Was Indicted for Assaulting Teen Now Dispute If Video Exists

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 9 – An assault on an inmate in NYC's detention center for juveniles in The Bronx resulted in the indictment of two employees there.

 Both were offered bail on July 26; one however wanted to leave the next morning on a vacation to Mexico. The request was granted but the prosecutors said they would appeal. Inner City Press was there for the arraignment and will continue to report on the case. 

 The prosecutors began the day announcing charges against DAQUAN SEYMOUR and RASHAWN WALKER, two supervisors at the Horizon Juvenile Center (“Horizon”), a secure detention center for juveniles located in the Bronx, New York.  The charges relate to the April 25, 2022, beating of a 16-year-old resident at Horizon and attempt to cover-up the beating.  SEYMOUR and WALKER were charged with federal civil rights offenses, including conspiring to deprive the Minor Victim of his constitutional rights and depriving the Minor Victim of his constitutional rights under color of law, as well as filing false reports.  SEYMOUR and WALKER were arrested this morning and will be presented in Manhattan federal court later today.  The case has been assigned to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Edgardo Ramos. 

The appeal, from Magistrate Judge Valerie Figueredo's decision based on Seymour's children remaining in the US, was to be directed to Judge Ramos or to the Part 1 judge. As of 10:30 pm there was nothing in the docket.

On July 27 Inner City Press asked and was told that the vacation to Mexico was allowed and has begun. From the docket: "BAIL DISPOSITION: Deft released on own recognizance; $100,000 Personal recognizance bond; To be cosigned by two financially responsible persons; Travel restricted to SDNY/EDNY and Mexico for the preplanned trip from July 27-July 31 - surrender passport to attorney on 8/1/23."

On October 10, Judge Ramos amid a murder trial he is presiding over held a conference: "The defense needs time to review discovery."

Jump cut to July 9, 2024 when Seymour's lawyer wrote in asking the Court to order that the NYSJC and Investigator Nicholas Ferraro produce copies of the video he referenced in his May 9, 2022 interview with the victim."

  The case is US v. Seymour, et al., 23-cr-373 (Ramos / Figueredo) 


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