Staff injured at Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center riot

Employees injured during riot at detention center.
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 5:41 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Two Lucas county juvenile correction officers are injured after a riot in the Juvenile Justice Center, and now detention officers are concerned for their safety.

Administrators say they will file charges against the teen who allegedly assaulted an employee. 

“It was minor injuries. A scraped knee and a bruise to the back of the head,” said facility administrator Dan Jones.

Jones says it started with a power outage, then two kids got into a fight.

“While staff was responding to that incident, another youth snuck out of his door, unlocked all the doors. So there was about six or seven youth running around,” Jones said. “Two were aggressive with staff.”

The youth went behind a podium, which is open to anyone, to unlock the doors. Its the same area where detention officers keep handcuffs and sharp tools. Jones says they’ve recorded kids assaulting staff in the last three days.

Sources tell 13abc some of the troublemakers are being held for shooting at undercover police officers. Jones claims the main offender is not from Toledo.

“The youth most violent is an interstate youth. He’s from another state. The other is more verbally aggressive, and can be physically aggressive, is also an interstate youth,” said Jones.

He says that youth is facing additional charges. The boys unit is on lockdown, but they can only confine the teens for so long. Jones explains how he plans to protect the employees.

“We have to make sure that we are properly staffed,” said Jones.

He says they have anywhere from six employees a day to watch 29 violent youth.

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