More fighting breaks out at Pitchess jail

first_imgCASTAIC – A new fight at the Pitchess Detention Center injured four inmates but authorities said Friday that efforts to end two weeks of violence in the Los Angeles County jail system are working. About 40 black, white and Hispanic inmates traded punches for 30 minutes Thursday night at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic before tear gas broke it up, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. The fight may have involved a perceived threat to a white inmate, who then was defended by Hispanics, he said. “An African-American inmate walked up to a white inmate and basically said hello,” Whitmore said. “And the Latino inmates took umbrage with the tone of the salutation.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The brawlers were newly arrived and were in a dayroom awaiting permanent assignment. Whitmore said some were unaware of an ultimatum by sheriff’s officials that jails will remain locked down until peace is restored. New inmates will now be told on arrival what privileges they will lose if there is violence, he said. Violence began Feb. 4 with a riot at North County, the largest of three jails at Castaic. A black inmate was beaten to death in the riot. Another black inmate collapsed and died Sunday after a small fight at a downtown jail. Sheriff’s officials will ask the District Attorney’s Office next week to file charges against 21 inmates suspected of being involved in the violence. Some could face murder charges, Whitmore said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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