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State won’t release video of youth detention center melee

March 21, 2019

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — State officials in Delaware have declined to release video of a fight at a youth detention center.

The News Journal in Wilmington reported Thursday that it had requested a copy of the video through the Delaware Freedom of Information Act. But it was denied by the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families.

State officials had described the fight in February at the New Castle Detention Center as an “altercation.” Four youth and a staffer went to the hospital. Five others suffered injuries.

But a person who called 911 described the situation as a “riot.” That’s according to audio of the call.

The state said in its denial that releasing the video would be an invasion of privacy of the people in the video.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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