LOS ANGELES COUNTY : 45 Inmates Injured in Central Jail Fights

Forty-five inmates were injured, five seriously enough to require hospitalization, in two fights that took place Wednesday between Latinos and African-Americans at the Los Angeles County Central Jail, a sheriff's spokeswoman said Thursday.

In both cases, the altercations were broken up by a sheriff's emergency response team after 10 minutes. Similar racial fights have occurred this week at the sheriff's Mira Loma facility in Lancaster and at the Pitchess Honor Rancho in Castaic.

The spokeswoman said that after the first disturbance Wednesday, deputies seized 13 jailhouse knives, or shanks, and several pieces of metal that could be used for stabbings. After the second, two shanks and other items were recovered.

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