Chino prison riot leaves two inmates in critical condition
The Associated Press
Last Updated 5:07 pm PDT Friday, September 23, 2005
CHINO, Calif. (AP) - Two prisoners were in critical condition Friday after three-hour a riot involving 200 inmates at the California Institution for Men.
The riot erupted shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday in a reception center for inmates recently transferred from county jails, said Todd Slosek, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. It started in the center's dining hall where black, white and Hispanic inmates squared off, and spilled into the housing units, he said.
"We believe preliminarily that the altercation stems over a dispute over respect," Slosek said.
Eight prisoners were taken to a hospital for treatment and two were in critical condition, Slosek said. He did not have details on their injuries. One guard suffered a minor injury - a strained back.
Guards used foam bullets, pepper spray and tear gas to quell the disturbance and the situation was under control by about 10 p.m., he said.
TV news footage showed inmates and guards scattered throughout a yard. A number of the inmates were wearing just their underwear and slippers as they were escorted by guards.
A total of 270 inmates housed in the reception center were separated and placed in other housing units after the riot, Slosek said.
"We're conducting interviews to find out exactly what caused it, who was the principal antagonist, and determine how to further manage that population," he said.
The California Institution for Men has a total of about 6,500 inmates.
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