California prison goes up in flames during riot

9 Aug

Uprising lasts 11 hours

This isn’t very local to Colorado, but since Bombs and Shields and Infoshop News are down, here’s the story from CNN.  Unfortunately, the report is that 250 inmates were hurt and no guards were injured, so apparently much of the damage was done to inmates. On the plus side, they set the prison on fire.

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — More than 250 inmates were injured in a riot that erupted overnight at the California Institution for Men in Chino, a spokesman said Sunday.

Fifty-five inmates were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries, said Lt. Mark Hargrove, prison spokesman.

None of the facility’s employees was hurt in the melee, which broke out at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday at the Reception Center West facility, Hargrove said. The situation was under control by 7 a.m. Sunday, he said.

The scene of the violence was the medium-security housing facility with seven units, each of which houses about 200 inmates, he said.

Some 80 officers responded to the riot, during which a housing unit was heavily damaged by fire, he said.

Guards used pepper spray, “less lethal force, and lethal force options” to regain control, Hargrove said in a written statement.

The institution was placed on lockdown pending an investigation of the cause of the fighting, and visiting privileges were suspended.

The inmates’ injuries ranged from stab wounds and slashes to head trauma, Hargrove said. Some were considered life-threatening.

Hargrove said inmates used “weapons of opportunity” such as broken glass during the riot. Images taken from the scene showed flames coming from the building as a helicopter hovered overhead.

A similar riot broke out in December of 2006, Hargrove said.


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