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'It's hard to change a culture': Sheriff says he inherited messy situation with inmates in Mecklenburg Co. jail

Records reveal stabbings, attacks and riots at jail central. The Fraternal Order of Police is now calling for an outside investigation.

Nate Morabito (WCNC)

WCNC Charlotte

Published: 3:30 PM EST December 9, 2021
Updated: 5:57 PM EST December 10, 2021

The people who work inside the Mecklenburg County Detention Center are in danger, left trying to fend off violent inmates at critically low staffing levels.

Confidential internal records obtained by WCNC Charlotte show inmates have stabbed, punched and rioted against detention officers, which MCSO classifies as disturbances, not riots since no one was hurt and no property was damaged, in the last three months alone.

The most recent attack occurred Thursday morning when an inmate cut a detention officer on the face. That jail resident will face criminal charges, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.