Guards take action after more than two dozen Angola inmates refused to work; 2 officers injured

ANGOLA, LA (WAFB) - Correctional officers at Louisiana State Penitentiary say they were forced to take action Tuesday after more than two dozen inmates reportedly refused to work.

The Department of Corrections says the incident began around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8 when two inmates, Emanuel Williams, 51, and Earl Harris, 44, broke out of the security line on their way to work, refused to obey orders, and reportedly attacked two corrections officers who were trying to restrain them.

The DOC reports another inmate, Roy Walker, 40, laid down and also refused to work. Following the lead of these three inmates, 27 other inmates who were in line also refused to go to work. Officers were able to gain control of the inmates within minutes, they say, escorting the 27 inmates back to their cells.

Officials with DOC say Williams broke his ankle during the incident and two corrections officers received minor injuries after being punched in the face and head.

Williams, Harris, and Walker were placed in disciplinary segregation after the incident. Charges are expected to be filed for Harris and Walker. The 27 other inmates returned to work Tuesday afternoon.

DOC reports Williams is serving 55 years for a 1991 armed robbery in Orleans Parish, where he was sentenced as a habitual offender. In his 27 years at Angola so far, Williams has accrued a total of 291 disciplinary reports, for offenses such as defiance, aggravated disobedience, threatening security, and contraband. DOC officials say he also hit a female officer in the face in June of 2015.

Harris is serving a life sentence without the benefit of parole for his fourth offense of aggravated second degree battery out of Jefferson Parish. He's reportedly been written up four times since arriving at Angola in December of 2016. Prior to his time at Angola, he was written up for battery, threatening a deputy, and refusing to obey orders.

Walker is serving 50 years for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and attempted manslaughter out of Jefferson Parish. DOC officials say he's been written up 54 times since arriving at Angola in 2000.

The investigation is ongoing.

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