Riot At Privately Owned Adams County Mississippi Correctional Facilty Leaves One Guard Dead And Others Injured – Contract Facilty Houses Federal Prisoners Including Illegal Immigrants

May 21, 2012

NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI – A prison guard was killed and several employees injured Sunday in a riot at the Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez, Mississippi, officials said.

The 23-year-old guard appeared to suffer “blunt trauma to the head,” said Adams County Coroner James Lee.

The riot, which began about 2:40 p.m., was still going on Sunday night, the facility’s operator said in a statement. Local and state law enforcement officials as well as authorities from the Federal Bureau of Prisons were helping the facility quell the violence.

“The disturbance is contained within the secure perimeter of the facility, with no threat to public safety,” the statement said.

Five employees and one inmate were taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, while additional staff members were being treated at the prison.

Johar Lashin told CNN that he’d heard a lot of noise and commotion when he talked around 6 p.m. with his brother Jawad, an inmate at the Natchez facility serving time for aiding and abetting illegal immigrants. His brother said he was not participating in the riot, despite pressure from other inmates to do so.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Rusty Boyd, a spokesman with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, said Sunday evening that 45 to 55 units from that state agency are helping corrections officers deal with the situation.

The facility is a 2,567-bed prison that houses adult men who are in the United States illegally and charged with crimes. It is owned by the Tennessee-based Corrections Corporation of America.

Warden Vance Laughlin described the facility as quiet and with “few problems” in a March 2010 article in The Natchez Democrat, a few months after it opened to incarcerate illegal immigrants detained for mostly low-security crimes. At that point, it contained more than 2,000 inmates — more than two-thirds of whom were of Mexican descent, although scores of nationalities were then represented.

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Modesto California Police Officer Gets A Beating, Hit With Bottles By Angry Mob

April 1, 2009

MODESTO, CALIFORNIA – The hostile crowd that confronted a lone Modesto police officer and his police dog early Sunday threw glass bottles at the officer, and one suspect punched him in the face, according to details released by Modesto police Tuesday.

Witnesses and police say some in the crowd taunted the officer as they closed in on him, shouting, “Shoot me, shoot me!” when he drew his weapon. Someone in the crowd said, “You know you’re not going to make it out of here,” said Sgt. Brian Findlen, the police spokesman.

Some witnesses said the face-off was “horrifying” and “like something you would see on ‘Cops,’ ” the TV show that showcases confrontations between police and criminals.

Residents described their neighborhood as “scary,” especially after dark. Gang members and regular people live side by side, they said, and neighbors fear retaliation if they call police.

In Sunday’s incident, the officer couldn’t call for backup during the five to eight minutes he was alone with the crowd because the radio on his belt was broken during the struggle, said Findlen. About a dozen officers responded after 911 calls from neighbors.

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Modesto California Police Officer Gets A Beating, Hit With Bottles By Angry Mob

April 1, 2009

MODESTO, CALIFORNIA – The hostile crowd that confronted a lone Modesto police officer and his police dog early Sunday threw glass bottles at the officer, and one suspect punched him in the face, according to details released by Modesto police Tuesday.

Witnesses and police say some in the crowd taunted the officer as they closed in on him, shouting, “Shoot me, shoot me!” when he drew his weapon. Someone in the crowd said, “You know you’re not going to make it out of here,” said Sgt. Brian Findlen, the police spokesman.

Some witnesses said the face-off was “horrifying” and “like something you would see on ‘Cops,’ ” the TV show that showcases confrontations between police and criminals.

Residents described their neighborhood as “scary,” especially after dark. Gang members and regular people live side by side, they said, and neighbors fear retaliation if they call police.

In Sunday’s incident, the officer couldn’t call for backup during the five to eight minutes he was alone with the crowd because the radio on his belt was broken during the struggle, said Findlen. About a dozen officers responded after 911 calls from neighbors.

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