Brawl at youth jail causes estimated $200,000 in damage

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say teenagers fighting and rioting at a juvenile jail in Cleveland caused an estimated $200,000 in damage in the housing area as they smashed glass and damaged cell doors, showers, lights and a television.

The brawl at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center left a sheriff’s officer and a juvenile inmate injured with cuts. Officials say a dozen juvenile inmates were separated after the incident.

Officials haven’t released information about what started the fracas last Monday, which prompted a response from police and a SWAT team. Photos of the damage showed shattered panes of security glass and a large hole in a ceiling.

WJW-TV reports that audio recordings of the response included reports of juveniles breaking glass and spilling cleaners, creating a slippery, dangerous situation for responding officers.

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