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02-09-2006, 04:23 PM #1
All Los Angeles County Jails on Lockdown
By JEREMIAH MARQUEZ, Associated Press Writer 41 minutes ago
LOS ANGELES - All seven Los Angeles County jails were on lockdown Thursday after another brawl broke out between Hispanic and black inmates, continuing a week of rioting that has injured scores of inmates and killed one. Five racially motivated fights broke out Wednesday, the largest involving about 300 inmates in a dorm at the medium-security North Facility of Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, said sheriff's Sgt. Don Manumaleuna.
"Deputies were able to regain control of the facility, and at this time they're investigating the cause of the disturbance," he said.
A total of 19 inmates were injured in the fighting Wednesday, one critically, said sheriff's Deputy Bill Spear.
The latest brawls began inside a group dorm, where more than 100 inmate separated themselves along racial lines. That violence was quickly put down, but similar fights broke out at four more dorms, leading deputies to fire sting balls on inmates to gain control, said sheriff's Sgt. Diane Hecht.
All seven county jails were expected to remain locked down through at least Thursday, Spear said
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