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Inmate fight at Men’s Central Jail prompts lockdown

About 120 inmates were involved in a fight at Men’s Central Jail near downtown, prompting a lockdown of the facility, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

The fight erupted about 2 p.m. Friday, and within minutes, jail personnel were joined by deputies from the jail’s Emergency Response Team, officials said.

When verbal commands were ignored, deputies used liquid Oleoresin Capsicum and pepper-spray balls to quell the disturbance, officials said. Additional security was then called in.

Ten inmates were treated for minor injuries and another was taken to a hospital after he reported having difficulty breathing. His injuries were not life-threatening, officials said. No deputies were injured.

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No weapons were found or are believed to have been used by inmates, officials said. An investigation into the cause of the disturbance is ongoing.

cindy.carcamo@latimes.com


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