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This past Monday evening, Grant County Detention Center officers were led to use pepper spray on eight inmates.
SC Sun News reports, tension rose among the inmates as they were very uncooperative throughout countless warnings from the detention officers.
"I can't say there was any one event that sparked it," Grant County Manager Abby Robinson said. "Sometimes there's just tension. Sometimes they build on each other's energy. One is acting out and it leads to another (one acting out)."
Inmates of the facility were behaving aggressively towards the officers, engaging in ruthless acts such as kicking the pod door, throwing flip flops in the direction of officers and banging on pod windows. The detention officers responded quickly and calmed down most inmates but there were eight who would not comply.
The eight male inmates continued to act out by yelling, pulling their shirts over their faces and threatening a standoff with detention center officers.
The detention officers called for backup and got immediate responses from The Grant County Sheriff's Office, the Silver City Police Department, the Bayard Police Department, the New Mexico State Police, Gila Regional Medical Center's Emergency Medical Services and the Silver City Fire Department.
The assisting law enforcement agencies secured the perimeter of the facility.
With many orders and warnings from the officers, the inmates continued to act out. Officers then deployed pepper spray and the inmates finally complied with the officers’ command to lie on the floor.
Detention center officers then handcuffed the inmates with the assistance of the other law enforcement agencies. There were no injuries to the inmates or the officers.
Grant County officials praised the detention center officers for managing the situation appropriately and professionally.
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