CO Federal Prison Riot Was More Serious Than Announced


The April riot that left two inmates dead at the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Co., lasted nearly a half-hour and injured six times the number of people the Bureau of Prisons announced at the time, says an incident report obtained by the Rocky Mountain News. Thirty inmates and a staff member were assaulted in the racially motivated brawl, says the report. When the riot occurred, prison officials said five people – all inmates – were injured. U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) asked Bureau of Prisons Director Harley Lappin to release reports on the riot.

A bureau spokeswoman said the riot still is being investigated. It broke out in the recreation yard around noon April 20, after white inmates celebrating Adolf Hitler’s birthday made racial comments to black inmates. About 200 inmates – some armed with rocks and sharpened metal – were involved.


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