The protesters were sitting on the pavement to block staff from parking at a Rhode Island prison that works with Immigration and Customs Enforcement when a black pickup truck swerved toward them. The protesters shouted as the driver laid on the horn, and the truck briefly stopped.
And then, the driver hit the gas.
In a viral video captured by bystanders, the protesters screamed and jumped out of the way. Several were struck, according to organizers of the Wednesday night demonstration at the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I. Some were treated at a hospital, though none were severely injured.
The driver, protesters say, was a correctional officer employed by the privately run facility who was wearing a badge and a uniform
Post by seeyalater52 on Aug 15, 2019 8:42:35 GMT -5
This is extremely local to me, and I have many, many friends who were there (we were there earlier in the day but left before this occurred.) I am so disgusted that a GUARD tried to mow down protesters. I'm disgusted that the person driving the truck clearly communicated intentions to do this, and coordinated it in conjunction with a pepper spray attack against protesters by the guards from inside the prison (who according to multiple people I know, started streaming out with pepper spray almost simultaneously to the truck going into the crowd.) I am disgusted that despite sustained protest at Wyatt over the past year+ nothing has changed. If the guards act like this to largely white protesters outside the prison I shudder to think of how they treat people detained inside.
Fuck the police, too! JFC. People were injured and the police are refusing to take a statement?
The police force there is absolute CRAP. Now that the governor and other mayors are pressuring them and the mayor of CF I'm slightly more hopeful they'll actually charge him. But what the actual fuck that it should take that level of pressure.
Post by LoveTrains on Aug 15, 2019 23:24:56 GMT -5
Also very local to me and I know many that were there. The governor is in touch with the state police. One of the lead protestors works in the PVD mayors office and is a former statehouse rep so I’m hopeful we will see some sort of penalty for the driver. Everyone was talking about this st work today and I bet more ppl will join the protestors next week.
Published yesterday but as far as anyone can really tell at this point the state police have been very slow to start up an investigation (after local police essentially refused to investigate) and witnesses/victims haven’t been contacted for statements yet. I’m not feeling super optimistic but I’d love for things to turn around.
This article claims that people were asked to go to the Central Falls police station to make statements but there was a crowd of more than 100 people there yesterday and they wouldn’t take statements, only take down names and contact information and “they’ll be in touch if they need any other information.”
Sounds like the guard is on paid administrative leave currently.
It’s a start. I’m waiting for more from Raimondo and state policy. She did post on FB about it in English snd Spanish!
The video is terrifying.
I admit my expectations are severely tempered by what I’m hearing about the quality of the state investigation. I’m no Raimundo hater as a general rule, but as an outsider talking to people who are on the other side of it, it basically sounds like it is being mishandled on a number of levels.