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Order Restored After Prisoners Took Over U.P. Prison (Chippewa County)

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First reported by WWJ Newsradio of Detroit, correctional officers have taken back control of an Upper Peninsula prison after a fight/mutiny broke out Sunday night.

The mutiny happened at approximately 10:30 pm at the Chippewa County Correctional Facility, after a fight was sparked between a few of the inmates. One of the guards applied the Taser to one of the prisoners involved, knocking him unconscious and taking him away.

Many of the fellow prisoners believed that he was wrongly killed, and according to Byron Osborn, president of the Michigan Corrections Organization, they said it was ‘payback time’ to the guards.

Osborn – Photo Courtesy: Michigan Corrections Organization

During the mutiny, a housing unit at the facility was also vandalized. Computers and equipment were destroyed, windows smashed and even a flood started up.

Along with the vandalism, the inmates were also able to bar the guards from entering the facility.

At around 4 am, the Michigan Emergency Response team moved in and secured the perimeter. The move was assisted by the US Border Patrol and the Michigan State Police.

The guards were able to have control restored after nearly five hours, and there were no reported injuries to the staff members as of 11:00 am Monday.

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