7 Inmates Injured in Jail Brawl

Seven inmates at the Peter J. Pitchess jail in Castaic were injured Monday night in a brawl that sheriff's deputies blamed on tensions over the trial of two men accused of beating Reginald Denny.

During the five-minute fight, 32 African-American and Latino prisoners battled each other with homemade weapons before Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies used pepper spray to disperse them, said Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Stoneman.

The injured prisoners, who suffered minor cuts and abrasions, were treated at the jail's infirmary and the weapons were confiscated, Stoneman said.

No deputies were injured.

Stoneman said it was the first disturbance at the jail related to the Denny trial, in which two African-American men are accused of beating a white truck driver during the riots last year.

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