Videos released of Cook Co. detainees lighting uniforms on fire

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Surveillance video of inmates setting their uniforms on fire in a super maximum security division at the Cook County Jail. | Cook County sheriff’s office

Twovideos have been released of a group of detainees lighting their uniforms on fire Saturday evening at theCook County Jail and the aftermath.

The detainees were in Division 9, the jail’s super maximum security division, in a tier designated for “problematic detainees who engage in sexual misconduct,” according to a statement from the Cook County sheriff’s office.

The detainees in that division are given specially designed jumpsuits, which they tried to destroy by using a microwave to ignite a wick and set the uniforms on fire, the sheriff’s office said. Smoke then billowed in the living unit.

Two officers were taken to a hospital for smoke exposure, and two officers were taken to a hospital for injuries they suffered while securing the tier, according to the sheriff’s office. As of Sunday morning, all four officers had been released and were recovering.

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