Pepper spray used to quell jail disturbance

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) – Grant County detention officers used pepper spray to subdue eight inmates during a confrontation in the jail.

The Silver City Sun-News reports that operations at the jail were back to normal Tuesday following the confrontation that occurred Monday night. No injuries were reported.

County officials said the confrontation began when inmates began kicking a door, banging on windows and throwing flip flops in the direction of an officer.

As officers from several law enforcement agencies secured the jail’s perimeter, detention officers sprayed inmates who wouldn’t comply with commands.

They were handcuffed and escorted to the recreation yard to be treated for the pepper spray exposure. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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