Disturbance at Los Angeles County jail hurts 4

LOS ANGELES - Authorities say a brief disturbance involving 60 inmates that was sparked by racial tensions at the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail left four people injured before being brought under control.

The fight broke out around noon in a recreation area in Tower One of the Los Angeles County lockup, but it was unclear what races were involved.

A Sheriff's Department spokesman says the skirmish lasted about a minute before deputies broke it up, he said. The four injured inmates suffered cuts and bruises and were transported to a hospital for treatment.

The investigation was ongoing and further details were unavailable.

Los Angeles County runs the nation's largest jail system, with facilities housing about 19,000 inmates.

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