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Inmates at St. Louis jail set fires, break out windows

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Posted at 8:04 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 22:08:18-05

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Inmates at a St. Louis jail set fires, caused flooding, broke out fourth-floor windows and tossed out a stationary bike, chairs, mattresses and more.

Saturday's riot was just the latest disturbance at the St. Louis City Justice Center over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions that have limited visits and stalled court proceedings.

Jacob Long, a spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson, says dozens of law enforcement officers worked for hours before bringing the riot under control shortly before 10 a.m.

Long says about 115 inmates were involved.

Long said one corrections officer was attacked and treated at a hospital for his injuries before being released. He said no detainees were hurt.

Click here for the full AP report, along with photos of the riot.