Officials say power restored to federal jail in Brooklyn

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NEW YORK (AP) - Officials say power has been restored at a federal detention center in New York City where inmates had been reportedly living without heat and electricity for the past week.

The Bureau of Prisons said Sunday night that power at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn was restored and that staff were working to restore the facility to normal operations.

Earlier Sunday, some demonstrators outside the detention center tried to get into the facility, and witnesses say guards pushed them back and sprayed them with pepper.

The Bureau of Prisons has acknowledged that the jail "experienced a partial power outage due to a fire in the switch gear room," but they insisted the inmates had hot water for showers and sinks.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called on the federal Department of Justice to investigate the incident.

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2/3/2019 7:55:17 PM (GMT -5:00)