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Fight Involving 120 Inmates Breaks Out At Men's Central Jail

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Men's Central Jail. Photo by Matthew Logelin via the LAist Featured Photos Pool on Flickr
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A fight broke out at the Men's Central Jail on the outskirts of downtown L.A. Friday afternoon involving 120 inmates, authorities say.The Sheriff's Dept. said that ten of these inmates were treated for injuries, while one inmate was rushed to the hospital after he reported difficulty breathing; his injuries are considered life-threatening.

CBS L.A. reports that inmates involved in the fight refused orders, and lockdown
procedures were immediately used around 2 p.m. on Friday. Shortly after the lockdown was implemented, sheriff's deputies deputies responded. "When they (deputies) were ignored and ineffective, liquid Oleoresin Capsicum, and eventually pepper-spray balls were used to quell disturbance and restore relative order within 10 minutes," said a statement from the Sheriff's Information Bureau. No deputies were injured in the fight.

Authorities don't believe that weapons were used during the fight itself, nor did they find any weapons in a search of the premises. No word on what prompted the fight yet. Perhaps it was aggravation over the jail's squalid, inhumane conditions.