Inmates took over a section of a jail in St. Louis, Missouri, setting fires and smashing windows over coronavirus restrictions and concerns that have limited visits and also halted court proceedings. The incident took place at the St. Louis City Justice Center on Saturday morning.
Jacob Long, a spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson, told local media that as many as 117 inmates were involved in the incident. They also broke chairs and mattresses and tossed a stationary bike. One of the officers was hospitalised after being attacked by the inmates. He has since been discharged. Long confirmed that no inmates were injured in the incident.
This is the third such incident in the last two months. Officials said the inmates were upset about the restrictions and conditions in the prison due to the pandemic.
“I imagine they are under the same amount of stress due to COVID restrictions like the rest of us are,. Courts haven’t been hearing cases in the 22nd Judicial Circuit. Their family visits have been restricted. But also they are acting out and that is the current situation," Long said.
Though the exact estimate for the damage was not known, Long described it as “fairly extensive.”