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Prison Guard Who Drove Truck into Jewish Activists Has Resigned

HeadlineAug 19, 2019

A correctional officer in Rhode Island who last week drove his truck into a line of peaceful protesters calling for the release of asylum seekers has resigned. Captain Thomas Woodworth rammed into a group of Jewish activists with the Never Again Action coalition, sending two of them to the hospital. Another three demonstrators were hospitalized after being pepper-sprayed by correctional officers also on the scene at the for-profit Wyatt Detention Center. The ACLU of Rhode Island called the attack “an attempt to chill the exercise of First Amendment rights by hundreds of peaceful protesters.” Matt Harvey, a spokesperson for Never Again Action, noted, “If this is what he’s willing to do to a crowd of mostly white protestors in front of cameras, just imagine what’s happening inside that prison where no one’s watching.”

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