Inmates in Racial Brawl at Los Angeles County Jail

Several prisoners were taken to the hospital after the brawl, during which guards fired rubber pellets and pepper spray to calm the violence. 

Los Angeles County Twin Towers Correctional Facility (David McNew/Getty Images News)

A racially charged brawl broke out at a downtown Los Angeles jail on Wednesday, forcing guards to fire rubber pellets and pepper spray to squash the incident, which involved more than 60 inmates and resulted in several being escorted to the hospital, Reuters reports.

The altercation between Hispanic and African-American inmates erupted shortly after noon local time in a third-floor recreation area inside Tower One of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which runs the jail.

Whitmore said corrections officers fired rubber "sting balls" and pepper spray into the fracas, managing to break up the disturbance in one or two minutes.

"This is something that does occur throughout our jail system from time to time," Whitmore said. "People in our jails are under a lot of tension ... and it does regrettably happen."

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