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Eleven Guards Injured in CA Ruckus

Eleven guards were treated for injuries resulting from a November 22, 1999 incident at the High Desert State Prison in Susanville, California prison authorities said.

One guard had two teeth knocked out, The Sacramento Bee reported, during an attack by about 60 prisoners who refused to be strip searched.

"They were trying to kill people. It was full-blown riot," said a spokesperson for the prison guards union (which has been known to exaggerate the seriousness of incidents to bolster the false claim that their members walk "the toughest beat in the state.")

According to official prison sources, a strip search was ordered after a fight between two prisoners turned up a pair of weapons. Ninety prisoners were searched and locked up, but about 60 others refused and instead attacked guards.

About 10 prisoners were treated for injuries after the uprising was stopped with pepper spray, batons and "physical force," said a prison spokesperson.

Source: Associated Press

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