Ten inmates injured in Arizona prison melee

PHOENIX Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:01am EST

Related Topics

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A brawl sparked by tensions between Hispanic and Black inmates broke out briefly at an Arizona prison on Thursday, injuring 10 inmates, including one still in critical condition, authorities said.

Bill Lamoreaux, a spokesman for the state's Department of Corrections, said the fight broke out at about 4.15 p.m. and involved fewer than 100 inmates. It was quelled within minutes.

He said most of the inmates who were hurt suffered minor injuries and no prison guards were injured. Ten inmates were taken to hospitals for treatment, said Doug Nick, another prison spokesman, with one remaining in critical condition.

The fight at the state prison complex in Buckeye, west of Phoenix, was sparked by "racial tensions" between Hispanic and black inmates and ended "within a matter of minutes," Nick said.

The unit, which houses 1,073 inmates, was expected to remain in lockdown "indefinitely," he said.

(Reporting by David Schwartz; editing by Cynthia Johnston, G Crosse, and Eric M. Johnson)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (1)
WhyMeLord wrote:
OMG, the Browns and the Blacks are mixing it up in prison; WOW-LOL.
What a surprise; for that not to happen, you’d need separate prisons.
Another solution would be to completely fence AZ in with razor wire.

Feb 21, 2014 1:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.