Pepper spray used to quell jail disturbance

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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.

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