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Former Mount Vernon police officer sentenced for assaulting handcuffed inmate

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A former Mount Vernon police officer, James Ready, has been sentenced for assaulting handcuffed inmate.

This was disclosed in a statement by the New York Westchester County District Attorney, Miriam E. Rocah, on Tuesday June 14, 2022.

Rocah announced that Ready was sentenced for assaulting an inmate who was handcuffed and in his custody.

“Ready, 29, of Putnam Valley, was sentenced on June 14, 2022, to three years of probation on his plea of guilty to assault in the Third Degree, a misdemeanor,” Rocah said.

“On Nov. 23, 2019, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Ready was guarding the handcuffed and shackled inmate who was receiving medical attention at Montefiore-Mount Vemon Hospital.

“As Ready was attempting to return the inmate to Mount Vernon Police Department headquarters, Ready threw the inmate to the floor causing his body and head to strike the floor, resulting in physical injury,” he added.

Rocah stated that the incident was captured on hospital surveillance video.

The Westchester County District Attomey’s Office arrested Ready on January 28, 2020, following an investigation.

Ready, who was a probationary officer at the time of the incident, resigned from the Mount vermon Police Department.

The case was before Judge Anne Minihan in Westchester County Court, and was prosecuted by the Public Integrity and Law Enforcement Integrity Bureau.

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