June 15, 2022 – Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced that former Mount Vernon Police Officer James 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.

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 Vernon 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. The incident was captured on hospital surveillance video.

The Westchester County District Attorney’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 Vernon Police Department.

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


Anna Young, Public Information Officer
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