Los Angeles guards at Men’s Central Jail had to use rubber pellets and pepper spray to get a crowd of 60 inmates under control after a racially charged fight broke out.
The altercation between Hispanic and African-American inmates erupted shortly after noon local time in a third-floor recreation area inside Tower One of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which runs the facility.
Whitmore claims that correction’s officers were able to break up the jail fight in one or two minutes.
“This is something that does occur throughout our jail system from time to time,” Whitmore said. “People in our jails are under a lot of tension … and it does regrettably happen.”Whitmore said four of the inmates were taken to a hospital with cuts, bruises and other non-life-threatening injuries.”
However, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott told Reuters six patients were transported to the hospital, two in serious condition, though he did not know whether all of them were inmates.
The precise cause of the fight was under investigation,” Whitmore said. The Twin Towers facility, one of eight detention centers run by the sheriff’s department throughout the county, houses roughly 4,500 inmates, Whitmore added.