New Mexico inmates riot amid demands for more virus testing

New Mexico

FARMINGTON, N.M, (AP) — Officials say a riot at a northwestern New Mexico jail sparked by demands for more COVID-19 testing and warm meals left one inmate injured and damage to the jail.  

Authorities say the disturbance at the San Juan County Adult Detention in Farmington, New Mexico, began Monday after 35 inmates barricaded themselves and started a fire.

Officials say the inmates also were armed with shards of porcelain from broken toilets.

According to San Juan County authorities, inmates started demanding Sunday afternoon to speak to an administrator about their concerns for more hot meals and more coronavirus testing.

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