St. Louis Riot: Inmates Take Over Section of Jail; Dem Rep. Under Fire for Defending Rioters

By NBC News. More than 100 inmates took over a section of the City Justice Center in downtown St. Louis, injuring a corrections officer at the facility, officials said.

The incident began around 2:30 a.m. Saturday in a fourth-floor unit when a “defiant” inmate “who was very, very upset” got into a fight with the corrections officer, Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards said at a news conference.

The officer was then jumped by other inmates in the unit.

During the fight, several detainees were able to “jimmy” the locks on their cells, open them and get into the unit, according to Edwards.

As jail employees were trying to get the corrections officer to safety, the inmates accessed a lock panel system and “other detainees were released from their cells into the unit.” (Read more from “St. Louis Riot: Inmates Take Over Section of Jail” HERE)

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Rep. Cori Bush Under Fire for Defending Riot at St. Louis City Jail

By Fox News. Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., is facing criticism for her reaction to a riot Saturday at a downtown St. Louis jail.

Inmates rioted over a variety of concerns, setting fires, smashing windows and throwing debris to the street below. It took corrections officers almost eight hours to end the “extremely violent” disturbance.

But the Missouri congresswoman tweeted a statement of support for the rioters, saying she would work to address their grievances, which include safety fears due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bush’s comments drew a polarized response, with some thanking Bush for “listening” and for “not forgetting” about her constituents behind bars. . .

Others, however, felt her words did not ring the same tone following the deadly U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6. Bush said that “our country deserves better” after accusing President Donald Trump of inciting the violence.

(Read more from “Rep. Cori Bush Under Fire for Defending Riot at St. Louis City Jail” HERE)

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