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Prisoners brawl at juvenile facility [Updated]

September 6, 2009 |  7:53 pm

Authorities used pepper spray to help end a racially charged fight among two dozen juvenile prisoners at Camp Kilpatrick in Malibu over the weekend, officials said. [Updated at 8:32 p.m.: An earlier report that authorities used sting balls -- devices that create a loud noise as they explode and send out tiny plastic pellets that can sting -- was incorrect.] 

The brawl began with name-calling between an African American and a Latino in the camp’s dormitory at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, said Los Angeles County Chief Probation Officer Robert Taylor.

The brawl lasted about an hour, and two staff members and several inmates suffered minor injuries.

Taylor said that 23 inmates were removed from the camp and housed at two other facilities and that there was minor damage to one of the housing units.

 “We’ll be looking into the causes of this and having a larger discussion of how we’re housing minors,” Taylor said.

 -- Ari B. Bloomekatz