April 15, 2017
Cook County Jail, Chicago, Illinois

On April 15th, inmates in the super-max wing of Cook County Jail light a wick using a microwave and set fire to a pile of uniforms meant to designate them as inmates who engage in sexual misconduct. Smoke from the fire causes the unit to be evacuated and four guards are taken to the hospital  for injuries related to the incident. Eight inmates are later charged with arson in connection with the event and one is charged with assaulting an officer.

Citations

Cook County Sheriff Releases Dramatic Video of Inmates Setting Fire to Jail Uniforms“, Patch, April 17, 2017.

Sheriff’s Office Releases Video of Inmates Lighting Jumpsuits on Fire“, NBC Chicago, April 17, 2017.

Cook County Jail Inmates Who Burned Uniforms Charged With Arson: Sheriff’s Office“, Patch, May 5, 2017.