A 38-year-old black inmate at Los Angeles County's Men's Central Jail died Sunday afternoon after a fight with Latino inmates. He is the second inmate to die in nine days of racially motivated rioting in the county jail system.
The inmate, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at 1:50 p.m., said Sheriff's Deputy Alba Yates.
The fight in which he died was one of two racially motivated brawls in the jail system Sunday.
More than 90 inmates fought at the Pitchess Detention Center's North Facility about 3:30 p.m., said Sheriff's Deputy Luis Castro. Four inmates suffered minor injuries. Two were taken to a local hospital and the other two were treated at the scene.
Castro said he was unsure how long the fighting lasted.
As they did in previous incidents, sheriff's deputies broke up the scuffles using tear gas and pellet weapons known as sting balls. No deputies were injured.
All told, the days of fighting have left dozens of inmates injured. Elected officials and clergy have called for an end to the brawling and said publicly that they fear the violence will continue when inmates are released and go back home.