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Two dozen inmates injured in disturbance at sheriff's main jail

September 24, 2011 |  9:18 pm

About two dozen inmates were injured Friday in a major disturbance inside the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff’s Department's Men's Central Jail, according to the department's operation log.

Inmates from five modules on the second floor of the downtown Los Angeles jail separated along racial lines -- blacks versus Latinos -- during the melee, according to the department log.

Emergency response teams from the jail, and the neighboring Twin Towers jail, were deployed, according to the department log. The chaos was calmed with pepper spray and stun guns.

Seven inmates were rushed to a nearby hospital, according to the department. Twenty-two inmates were treated for minor injuries in the lockup's clinic and re-housed. No deputies were injured.

The Sheriff's Department did not put out a news release about the disturbance.

Racial violence, particularly between blacks and Latinos, has plagued the antiquated facility. It houses some of the most dangerous inmates in Los Angeles County jails, and has been attacked by critics for nightmarish conditions.

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