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Prison Guard Drives Truck into Crowd of Jewish Protesters Outside Immigrant Detention Center

HeadlineAug 16, 2019

A correctional officer in Rhode Island has been placed on leave after he drove his truck into a line of protesters calling for the release of asylum seekers being jailed in Central Falls, Rhode Island. Wednesday’s protest was organized by Jewish activists with the group Never Again Action. Protesters were peacefully blocking a driveway to the Wyatt Detention Center when the correctional officer, Captain Thomas Woodworth, drove his large pickup truck into the crowd, striking several protesters. Two protesters were hospitalized, including a 64-year-old activist who fractured his leg and suffered from internal bleeding. Three other protesters were later hospitalized after police used pepper spray to disperse the peaceful protest. In a statement, Never Again Action said, “We will continue to fight until we close the concentration camps, shut down ICE, and secure permanent protection for all 11 million undocumented people in the U.S.”

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