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Second St. Louis Jail disturbance in two months brought under control, city says

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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St. Louis authorities say the city jail was brought under control after about 60 inmates breached their cell doors and smashed windows Sunday night -- the second such disturbance at the jail in two months.

(CNN)St. Louis authorities say the city jail was brought under control after about 60 inmates breached their cell doors and smashed windows Sunday night -- the second such disturbance at the jail in two months.

"Earlier tonight, there were two violent and dangerous disturbances that unfolded at the City Justice Center downtown," said Jacob Long, the spokesperson for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.

The Corrections Division, the city police and fire departments and the sheriff's office "worked together to respond accordingly and bring the situation to a resolution," he said.

St. Louis City Sheriff Vernon Betts described the situation Sunday night to CNN affiliate KMOV, saying there were "about 60 inmates on the third floor who have breached the cell doors. " At the time Betts did not believe any guards had been injured but said "we may have a couple of injured inmates. "

KMOV reported that about a dozen inmates were yelling out of the broken windows, with some demanding court dates on their charges.

Video shot at the scene by CNN affiliate KSDK showed what appeared to be inmates breaking out third-floor windows on the left side of the City Justice Center.

CNN reported that 115 inmates escaped their cells, broke windows and set small fires in their units.

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