A man drove a auto into a group of peaceful demonstrators on Wednesday evening protesting Immigration and Customs Enforcement policies outside a detention facility in Central Falls, R.I.
"I saw that the truck was stopped, and then after some hesitation the driver stepped on the gas and revved up and started plowing forward, despite the fact that there were people standing right in front of the truck and people still sitting on the ground", she said.
Never Again Action said several people were treated for injuries and at least one person was taken to a nearby hospital. When the crowd did not disperse, the officers used pepper spray on several of the demonstrators, according to Anthony and a video of the incident. In the live video post, the group also claimed the driver of the truck was a corrections officer at the detention center.
The detention facility said Capt. Thomas Woodworth has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of two investigations: an independent investigation being conducted by the Rhode Island State Police and an internal investigation being conducted by the facility.
The driver was ultimately able to enter the detention facility after Wyatt guards pepper sprayed activists who surrounded the truck chanting "Shame!"
The protest outside the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, Rhode Island, less than 10 miles north of Providence, was led by members of the "Never Again" movement, which likens undocumented immigrants being imprisoned to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.
Hundreds of protesters have been arrested this summer in Never Again Action protests meant to disrupt activities at ICE detention facilities and other locations affiliated with ICE.
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With protesters still surrounding the truck, the camera zooms in to show the driver, who speaks into his walkie-talkie.
Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa confirmed via Twitter that the Attorney General's Office, the Rhode Island Police Department and the Central Falls Police Department would be investigating.
"RI State Police have just arrived to try to clear our protest, to allow the ICE Detention Center to continue business as usual", the next update read.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said she was outraged by the incident depicted in the video.
"The right of a free people to protest their government is fundamental to our democracy", Cicilline said, urging Wyatt officials to fully cooperate with the investigation.
ICE detainees are housed there through an intergovernmental service agreement with that city corporation. However, Never Again, Action tweeted that it belonged a guard at the facility.
TAL FRIEDEN: This reaction shows that we disrupted the deportation machine, that we were a threat to the deportation machine here in Rhode Island, and that in response to this violent attack, we will not back down and we will be back.