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"The disturbance at the Morey Unit on 04/09/2013 happened because the kitchen crew was replaced. The kitchen crew was warned on no less than five occasions that if equipment kept being damaged... they would be replaced. The damaging of the ice machine (which only benefits the inmates) was proverbially the last straw. The Morey inmate leaders were informed that the kitchen crew were being replaced by lower security level GP inmates from the Bachman kitchen, and that they were not PC (protective custody) inmates. This happened days before said disturbance.
The disturbance started when inmates refused to exit the chow hall so the next house could eat. Ex-Morey kitchen workers stirred things up by claiming that the replacement kitchen workers (you called them scabs?) were PC inmates. The kitchen workers were locked in a storage room by a CO for their own safety. At this point inmates semi rioted, tearing apart what they could of the chow hall and outer building area. Chemical agents and canines were brought in to quell the situation. Some staff were injured, but it was minor..."
originally published April 9, 2013:
The following narrative of the AZ DOC's version of what's happening in our prisons was hardly on par with the AZ Republic's otherwise thoughtful treatment of prison issues, and doesn't even acknowledge other recent such prison "disturbances" http://
arizonaprisonwatch.blogspot .com/2012/09/ aspc-tucsonsanta-rita-septe mber-prison.html and all out race riots of late http:// azprisonsurvivors.blogspot. com/2013/03/ aspc-tucsonwhetstone-race-r iot-update.html.
Hmm. I certainly wonder why the prisoners are protesting so loudly - especially since they don't seem to be fighting each other this time and have apparently turned their frustrations against the state.
Maybe prisoners are tired of the AZ DOC medical staff leaving their peers to die in agony, like Tony Lester, http://
Or maybe it's all the suicides http://
Of course, it could be the murders and gang violence the prisoners are tired of...http://
Could also be the plans to build a new Supermax prison http://
Really, it could be a lot of things, I guess - prisoners are dropping dead for unknown reasons http://
arizonaprisonwatch.blogspot .com/2012/06/ ortega-why-so-many-prisoner s-dead.html and some are coming down with bizarre illnesses, like botulism http:// arizonaprisonwatch.blogspot .com/2012/11/ az-doclightning-strikes-twi ce-botulism.html And the body count keeps growing... http:// arizonaprisonwatch.blogspot .com/2012/08/ art-of-resistance-justice-d ay-action-at.html
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from the AZ Republic, a sadly superficial report coming a day late and a dollar short...
The Republic | azcentral.com
Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:42 PM
A “chemical agent” like pepper spray was used by correctional officers to quell a disturbance this week involving approximately 40 inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis in Buckeye, an Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman confirmed.
Bill Lamoreaux, the department’s spokesman, said the inmates refused to leave the dining hall in the Morey Unit and began to damage property after 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The disturbance lasted about five minutes. Lamoreaux said the inmates were brought under control, cuffed and taken away.
Minor injuries were suffered by an undisclosed number of staffers and inmates, Lamoreaux said.
The Arizona Republic and 12 News were first notified of the incident by a confidential source who said a riot had occurred. Lamoreaux said the source’s characterization was untrue.