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Guard beaten, detainees set fires during 'dangerous disturbance' at St. Louis City Justice Center

February 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Firefighters and police were called to the St. Louis City Justice Center after inmates were seen setting fires from inside the building.

LOUIS (KMOV. com) -- Firefighters and police were called to the St. Louis City Justice Center after detainees were seen setting fires from inside the building Saturday morning.

Several chairs, containers, and other debris could be seen from the street. "We do have an ongoing and very dangerous disturbance at CJC right now," Director of Communications for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson Jacob Long said.

Detainees light items on fire during a disturbance at the Justice Center in St. Louis Saturday morning

Detainees hold signs during a disturbance at the Justice Center in downtown St. Louis Saturday afternoon.

A sign is left behind by detainees after a disturbance at the Justice Center in downtown St. Louis Saturday morning.

A sign is left behind by detainees after a disturbance at the Justice Center in downtown St Louis Saturday morning

Items were burned and thrown out of broken windows by detainees at the Justice Center in downtown St. Louis Saturday morning

Detainees throw burned items during a disturbance at the Justice Center in downtown St. Louis Saturday morning.

Detainees throw burned items during a disturbance at the Justice Center in downtown St. Louis Saturday morning.

Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards said it started when a detainee became defiant around 2:30 a. m. That detainee then got into a fight with a corrections officer before others joined in the beating of the officer on the fourth floor.

Edwards said 65 detainees were moved to the Medium Security Institution, also known as the Workhouse.

Edwards says tear gas was deployed. "Everyone housed at the Justice Center is held there for serious offenses, Edwards says.

Currently, nobody is in danger,"  the public safety director said. Edwards dispelled claims that the disturbance took place because of COVID-19 cases.

He added that there are no active COVID-19 cases at the Justice Center.

Since late December, this is the third time that authorities were called to assist with a disturbance at the center. Mayoral candidate, Treasurer Tishaura Jones released the following statement about the incident:The incident this morning at the City Justice Center (CJC) is an indictment of our entire criminal justice system -- a system that has inhumanely housed inmates and prisoners in the midst of a global pandemic without the necessary supplies to keep themselves safe.

We must imagine a new way forward -- equipped with new strategies, dedicated resources to keeping people out of the justice system, and compassionate leadership.

As Mayor, I will put the ‘public’ back in public safety to ensure that we have a community first approach. City Comptroller Darlene Green also released a statement:Saturday’s protest at the City Justice Center was shocking.

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