Norman Seabrook is the absolute worst
I’m so glad that guy’s been arrested.
For years I’ve been listening to sports radio, specifically Mets broadcasts on AM710, where Seabrook would have a regular spot – already a sign that the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association has way too much money – and there’d be this awful, deliberate attempt of disgust and fear mongering about the job of a corrections officer.
[Side comment: can someone confirm that Kars4Kids is a scam?]
The ad, which ran way too often and which made me crazy with rage, included the phrase, “We protect you from all the people who’d kill your wife and rape your daughter.” See more people complaining about that ad spot and more on this website.
What he was referring to was Riker’s prisoners. He was the union boss protecting the Rikers officers who beat those prisoners, including teenagers, when they were unarmed and often had handcuffs on.
And I get it, it’s a tough job, and union bosses protect their members. But this guy was on a different level of extreme, both in how far he’d go to protect abusive guards and the extent to which he created a war-like atmosphere between prisoners and guards. He’s a bully who leads and protects an army of bullies.
This is a guy who, in order to prevent a prisoner from testifying against one of those officers, had the entire bus system from Riker’s shut down. This is a guy who continues to allow prison guards to get away with anything at all, training them to do it behind a curtain or off camera, defending their conduct, and getting rid of investigators he doesn’t like or cannot control. This is a guy who told people to “follow the rules” so that they don’t have “to sit down at a table and come up with a story that doesn’t make any sense.”
The actual charges against Seabrook are that he invested his members’ pensions in a failing hedge fund in return for kickbacks. I’m guessing that’s not the first time something like that happened, and I’m hoping they pin a whole lot more on the guy, and that he’s never seen again. I’ve honestly had nightmares about my sons somehow fucking up and going to Riker’s, and I’d like those to end. Maybe with Seabrook gone we can finally reform that god awful hellhole.