Mexico Just Put On A Clinic For How To Shut Down A Prison ‘Mutiny’

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Six-hundred Mexican cops took on a rioting Mexican prison Monday night when fights broke out and inmates started a fire.

The overcrowded Barrientos Prison in Mexico State, near Mexico City, mutinied at 8 p.m. Monday, after a prisoner escaped and two factions of the jail subsequently went to war with one another. No one died during the riot, but 10 inmates and seven cops were injured — none are at risk of dying, according to Aristegui Noticias.

About 300 to 500 prisoners rioted after cops searched for an inmate who reportedly went missing. The inmates subsequently went wild and attacked the outnumbered officers. By the end of the riot, the police found that a total of four inmates broke out of the prison.

The riot was quelled around midnight after backup arrived. Throughout the riot, family members of the inmates gathered outside the prison and confronted the cops in the pouring rain. Relatives of the prisoners accused the authorities of not being forthcoming with their knowledge of of how bad the riot was, and they blamed police corruption for the violence.

Mexican authorities are offering a reward of 300,000 Mexican pesos, the equivalent of $15,834, leading to the capture of the escapees.

A similar situation occurred in February, when a different Mexican prison rioted, leaving 52 dead when Los Zetas thugs and their Gulf Cartel rivals fought until the death.

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