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Riots break out at St Louis jail as dozens of prisoners start fires, hurl debris into the streets and chant 'we want court dates' - weeks after inmates staged uprising over 'unsafe' conditions during pandemic

 A riot has broken out at a St Louis jail with inmates starting a fire, breaking windows and hurling debris to the ground – just weeks after similar violent scenes at the prison.

Up to 60 inmates were involved in the overnight uprising at the City Justice Center with dramatic pictures and video showing rioters leaning out of broken windows and chanting 'we want court dates'.

The prisoners threw objects on to the streets below from the third floor including a computer, a chair and their own clothes after covering security cameras inside the jail. 

At one point, a fire broke out in the floors below them while other pictures showed relatives of inmates gathering in the streets below.

Law enforcement in riot gear brought the situation under control after reportedly using mace, but minutes later, prisoners broke a window on the other side of the building and the chanting continued.   


A riot has broken out at a St Louis jail as inmates armed with guns started a fire, broke windows and threw debris to the ground

A riot has broken out at a St Louis jail as inmates armed with guns started a fire, broke windows and threw debris to the ground

The riot broke out Sunday night around 9pm at the City Justice Center, news outlets reported

The riot broke out Sunday night around 9pm at the City Justice Center, news outlets reported

Firefighters had to use a hose to douse the flames after smoke started to pour out of the windows as inmates tied together bed sheets, set them alight and dangled them outside.  

Around 75 people, including relatives of inmates, gathered outside to watch the violence unfold and protested the 'inhumane conditions' for the prisoners. 


Law enforcement responded to bring the jail under control and inmates moved away from the broken windows by about 10.30pm. 

Then around 11pm, inmates broke windows on the other side of the jail and began throwing objects again. 

Thirty minutes later, the inmates had disappeared again and officers could be seen inside.

Inmates were seen tossing objects out of broken windows and setting a fire

Inmates were seen tossing objects out of broken windows and setting a fire

Firefighters had to use a hose to douse the flames after smoke started to pour out of the windows
Inmates tied together bed sheets, set them alight and dangled them outside

Firefighters had to use a hose to douse the flames after smoke started to pour out of the windows as inmates tied together bed sheets, set them alight and dangled them outside

Law enforcement responded to bring the jail under control and inmates moved away from the broken windows by about 10.30pm

Law enforcement responded to bring the jail under control and inmates moved away from the broken windows by about 10.30pm

Workers started boarding up the windows at around midnight and it is unclear if anyone was injured. 

Some inmates were heard yelling demands for court dates. Proceedings have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is the third riot to break out at the downtown Justice Center since December.

An uprising at the jail on February 6 involved over 100 inmates and saw glass broken, objects hurled and another fire.

In February, more than 100 prisoner took over the jail, setting fires, smashing glass and throwing objects from the prison's fourth-floor windows (pictured)

In February, more than 100 prisoner took over the jail, setting fires, smashing glass and throwing objects from the prison's fourth-floor windows (pictured)

The inmates were seen lighting bed sheets before waving them outside the smashed-out windows during the siege

The inmates were seen lighting bed sheets before waving them outside the smashed-out windows during the siege 

That disturbance began around 3am with dozens of law enforcement officials spending seven hours struggling to restore order. 

One corrections officer was injured in the melee, while fire crews rushed to the scene to douse the blazes the prisoners had started. 

Officials said detainees were upset about conditions inside the jail and had concerns about COVID-19.

A task force was appointed to look into issues at the jail. Its chairman, the Rev. Darryl Gray, issued a report last month urging the city to create an independent oversight board to help oversee the lockup.

2 comments:

  1. "FREE WIGHTWIGHT" HAHAHAHAHA Useless DREGS of society."Free" ALL of them back in their motherland of Afrika, where they all belong. Eating mud pies while sitting in their "modern" 1 room single story huts made with cow dung, mud, sticks and leaves. While their "baby momma" carries a clay pot of cow piss water on her nappy haired head back to the firepit used to boil the hair off the monkey they all share.

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    1. F*** off, racist. This is the prison-industrial complex exploding. It needs to happen.

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