Nearly 200 officers respond to riot at Johnson County, MO jail

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CENTERVIEW, Mo. -- Things are starting to get back to normal Friday morning after dozens of inmates rioted at the Johnson County Jail in Centerview, Mo., Thursday night.

According to the Johnson County sheriff, the inmates were upset over a television program they had been watching, and around 9:30 p.m. they started placing objects over the surveillance cameras.

For about two hours, the inmates who were contracted to stay at the jail from Jackson County, started the riot by covering the cameras which prevented the jailers from seeing inside their dormitory.

"They started a disturbance," sheriff Scott Munseterman said. "They were upset about a television show that they were watching from my understanding. They placed objects over the cameras in the dormitories, which did not allow us to see inside the dormitory from the control room. Therefore we had to take action to regain control of that the jail."

An "all call" was placed and help in the form of 179 officers came from Cass County, Knobnoster and the Jackson County SWAT team.

No staff members were hurt.

Because of the damages, the dormitory will be closed for a couple of days for repairs.

The 42 inmates were transported back to the Jackson County Detention Center. Friday morning, Jackson County's County Executive Frank White, Jr., issued a statement as he called for a full investigation.

“While we are thankful that no one was injured, we are deeply concerned that this incident occurred at all.” said White in his news release. “We will not return our inmates to the Johnson County jail until we are certain all operational issues have been adequately addressed.”

According to White, Jackson County entered into a MOU (memorandum of understanding) with Johnson County, MO on September 26 of last year to house Jackson County inmates during the on-going safety and security upgrades to the Jackson County Detention Center.

Scene outside of the Johnson County, Mo., Jail where a riot occurred on Thursday, March 24, 2017. (Photo: Mario Vasquez/WDAF-TV)

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