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Dozens of inmates brawl in downtown L.A. jail

July 25, 2012 |  6:07 pm

Dozens of inmates brawled Wednesday at the Twin Towers jail.
Dozens of inmates squared off along racial lines and brawled Wednesday afternoon at a downtown Los Angeles jail, authorities confirmed.

Seventy-five inmates were involved in the brawl. Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said three inmates were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. A news release from the Los Angeles Fire Department put the tally at a dozen injured, none life-threatening.

Deputies, none of whom were injured, quelled the disturbance with pepper spray and sting balls.

The melee at Twin Towers Jail kicked off about 3:30 p.m. and ended after 10 minutes, Whitmore said.

Disturbances at that facility, and the neighboring Men's Central Jail, are not uncommon. Deputies are still investigating what caused this one.


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Photo: Twin Towers. Credit: Phil McCarten / Reuters