Saturday, August 28, 2010

Folsom State Riot: 5 Inmates Shot

The Chron reports:

Prison guards shot into a crowd to stop 200 rioting inmates at California's Folsom State Prison, wounding five, authorities said Saturday. Another two inmates were injured by other prisoners during Friday's riot, which began at about 7 p.m. in the main exercise yard and ended after 30 minutes. Prison spokesman Lt. Anthony Gentile said officers fired after other efforts to break up the riot failed.

"We tried to control the situation with chemical agents dispersed over the crowd," Gentile said Saturday. "We fired several rounds of rubber bullets and that didn't stop them from fighting."

None of the inmates suffered life-threatening injuries, and none of the 45 to 50 officers who responded were hurt.

The piece provides no background for the riot; the Sac Bee reports that the cause is still under investigation.

Johnny Cash's Folsom Street Blues is mentioned in the article; here's a video of this song, inspired by the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, performed live in San Quentin.

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