Pittsburgh, PA - A violent riot outside of the Allegheny County jail and the Municipal Court Building on Monday night, led to multiple broken windows, one officer injured, and 11 people being arrested.
According to WPXI, jail staff called 911 to report a group of about 20-25 suspects who were outside the jail throwing rocks, sticks, and fireworks at police. The rioters were dressed in black and wearing black masks.
The rioters broke out the rear windshield of a jailer's personal vehicle and the rear windshield from a Sheriff's Deputy's cruiser. Several other vehicles' windows were broken out and several non-security windows were broken out at the jail, according to Warden Orlando Harper.
In a statement, Warden Harper thanked the Pittsburgh Police Department for its swift response. He also said that there no protests or sit-ins occurring inside the jail and that operations at the jail were not interrupted.
One officer's shoulder was injured during a scuffle with the rioters. His name was not released.
Police said that the group was from the Allegheny County Health Justice Project, who claim to protest for inmates that they believe are not receiving proper medical care.
The group was contacted by local media and a spokesperson said that they couldn't confirm or deny if the rioters were members but could confirm that they didn't organize the protest.
Eleven people were arrested and were not cooperating with police. Charges were expected to be filed against them on Tuesday. One suspect who was arrested, Tyler Kobel, was armed with a pistol in his backpack.
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