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Dozens of inmates brawl in downtown L.A. jail

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

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