Inmates staged a riot in a Missouri jail

Inmates in a cell block cough and try to breathe through broken windows as officers use irritants to break up a riot at the Justice Center in San Luis, the municipal jail, on Sunday, April 4, 2021. (Colter Peterson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Inmates in a cell block cough and try to breathe through broken windows as officers use irritants to break up a riot at the Justice Center in San Luis, the municipal jail, on Sunday, April 4, 2021. (Colter Peterson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Prisoners of a prison Saint Louis, Missouri, which has seen protests in recent months broke windows, started a fire and threw trash on the ground Sunday night.

The riot in the City Justice Center It started around 9:00 p.m., according to media. From outside the compound, inmates could be seen throwing objects through broken windows and starting a fire. Firefighters used a hose to put out the flames.

The security forces responded to bring the jail under control. By 10:30 p.m. there were no prisoners next to the broken windows, according to the media. Then, at around 11:00 pm, inmates broke windows on the other side of the jail and threw objects outside again. Half an hour later, the inmates disappeared again and officers were seen inside.

The inmates of the City Justice Center They also lowered a rope made of tied sheets, although no one tried to use it to escape.

Outside, several people shouted their support for the prisoners. A group of 50 to 75 people protested the conditions in the prison, which was also the scene of a similar uprising on February 6.

Bystanders watch the riot (Colter Peterson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Bystanders watch the riot (Colter Peterson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Jacob Long, a spokeswoman for Mayor Lyda Krewson, said there were no reports of serious injuries.

Some prisoners were screaming claiming judicial appointmentss. The coronavirus pandemic has delayed the procedures.

Inmate supporters have also complained about what they perceive as lax COVID-19 protocols inside jail, though city leaders have said there were virtually no cases of the virus among inmates.

The February uprising involved more than 100 prisoners and sent a prison officer to the hospital. Authorities said detainees were also upset about conditions inside the jail and had concerns about COVID-19.

There has been at least four jail uprisings since December.

A task force to investigate problems in prison. Its chairman, the Rev. Darryl Gray, issued a report last month urging the city to create an independent oversight board to help oversee the shutdown.

Inmates smashed windows, started a fire and threw objects outside in a riot that has seen protests in recent months (Colter Peterson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Inmates smashed windows, started a fire and threw objects outside in a riot that has seen protests in recent months (Colter Peterson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

“What happened last night was avoidable”, Gray said Monday. “If the mayor and the commissioner of corrections had implemented the 13 urgent recommendations that were presented by the task force, then they would have shown the detainees some good faith by responding to their concerns. And that has not been done.

City leaders have previously confirmed that some cells do not close properly in jail. Gray said it was notable that the city kept detainees in a cell with broken locks.

“There are younger detainees who are simply frustrated at being locked up for more than 23 hours a day.”Gray said. “You cannot go to court. You have no visitors. You don’t have enough time for recreation. “

(With AP information)

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