Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dozens of Inmates Riot at Workhouse City Police Use Tear Gas to Quell Disturbance

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dozens of Inmates Riot at Workhouse City Police Use Tear Gas to Quell Disturbance

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A riot broke out Saturday evening among some 50 inmates at the City Workhouse, prompting police in riot gear to fire tear gas to quell the disturbance, authorities said.

The trouble began around 8 p.m. in the jail at 7600 Hall Street, police said. It ended within two hours with no reports of serious injuries.

The inmates barricaded themselves on the first floor of a two-story dormitory building, burning bedding and mattresses, police said.

"Tear gas was the only thing we could use to calm them down," said Lt. Col. Charles McCrary, assistant police chief.

McCrary said the inmates apparently were upset over food and recreational facilities at the jail.

Maj. Everett Page, a police commander, said the inmates "trashed the place. It escalated to the point where they wouldn't go into their cells. We attempted to reason with them."

About 60 police officers arrived at the jail, but only about 30 in riot gear entered after tear gas exploded.

Mobile Reserve officers led the riot participants out of the building two-by-two in handcuffs shortly before 10 p. …

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