A protest outside a prison that works with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) turned chaotic after a truck drove into the crowd, and officers were forced to use pepper spray on demonstrators.
People affiliated with Never Again Action were protesting Wednesday night outside the Wyatt Detention Center, a privately run facility in Rhode Island that has a contract with ICE to hold illegal alien detainees. The prison, located about ten miles north of Providence, has been subjected to Never Again’s protests since July, according to the group’s Facebook page.
While the demonstration was tame for most of the evening, tension began to escalate when protesters locked arms and sat on the ground, shutting down the main entrance to the prison. Later, the protesters began to block the driveway to the staff parking lot. A black pickup truck arrived sometime later, and the driver was eager to get through.
The truck swerved toward the crowd and then abruptly stopped, blowing its horn as people shouted back at the driver. Then the driver proceeded to drive into the crowd of people. The driver was reportedly a corrections officer working for the Rhode Island detention center.
BREAKING: Here is HD video of an ICE guard driving his truck into us as we sat peacefully blocking the Wyatt Detention Center.
We’re putting our bodies on the line because we see the camps and the roundups. We’ve learned from our ancestors: NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE. pic.twitter.com/KnOu5xoOEb