Bloomberg blasts union over halted buses

Bloomberg blasts union over halted buses

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has blasted the corrections union after dozens of buses taking Rikers Island inmates to court this week were halted.

Bloomberg on Thursday called the move "ill-advised and outrageous." He says those who participated would be disciplined.

The buses were grounded on Monday in an alleged protest over charges filed against two corrections officers. The officers, who have pleaded not guilty, allegedly lied about using force to subdue an inmate.

Bloomberg says the action by the union's president, Norman Seabrook, "denied dozens of inmates the fundamental right to swift justice." He says it also wasted time and resources of every judge and juror and attorney.

Seabrook has declined to comment.

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