THE BRONX -- (WPIX) -- A former Rikers Island inmate claims he was able to smuggle a cellphone into the jail then proceed to stream on Facebook Live from behind bars in what he said was his cell, according to a video obtained exclusively by PIX11 News that has been viewed more than 7,000 times on Facebook.
In the video, the former inmate shows off his jail cell, uniform and food. It's alarming and concerning to anyone who watches, and it's not over.
He then reaches down and unwraps what he describes to be a blade. Many inmates inside Rikers call it "the chop."
PIX11 has concealed the identity of the former inmate, who has since been released from Rikers Island and said he is speaking to us to highlight issues he has with the jail.