Salazar demands answers on Florence prison riot
Today U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar called for the federal Bureau of Prisons to publicly disclose the results of an investigation into a deadly April riot at a Florence penitentiary that left two inmates dead.
No new details have been released from the bureau about what led to a massive riot on the high-security prison’s recreation yard that forced correctional guards to empty hundreds of M-16 rounds from the facility’s towers and left two inmates killed in the gunfire. The incident happened on April 20, a day when some white supremacist inmates celebrate Adolf Hitler’s birthday.
Colorado’s Democratic Senator issued a release today, saying that he wants the bureau to disclose more findings to him and the public about what happened “in response to the increasing levels of violence” in the federal prison system.
Sources working at the facility have said that inmates were drinking home-brewed alcoholic beverages on the yard when a racial spat turned violent, but the bureau has not confirmed that information.
One guard close to the prison who spoke on an anonymous basis fearing repercussions from the bureau, says he has not heard of any investigation findings being released by the agency.
“They would publish it. I haven’t heard anything about it,” he says. “I have a feeling that what they did was brush it under the table.”
The bureau has not returned an immediate request for comment.