Blocked Truck Driven into Rhode Island Anti-ICE protesters

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15 Aug 2019, 8:39 am

Protesters outside Wyatt injured when pickup truck drives into group

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Several protesters were injured after a black pickup truck drove into protesters at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility Wednesday night.

According to Never Again, the Jewish Protest movement that has been protesting at Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices and detention center’s nationally over the summer, two people were sent to the hospital.

The group said that one of the protesters had a broken leg and they were still waiting for reports on the other’s condition.

Several protesters were injured after a black pickup truck drove into protesters at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility Wednesday night.

According to Never Again, the Jewish Protest movement that has been protesting at Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices and detention center’s nationally over the summer, two people were sent to the hospital.

The group said that one of the protesters had a broken leg and they were still waiting for reports on the other’s condition.

In the video posted along with Regunberg’s statement, protesters in yellow T-shirts are seen blocking the entrance to Wyatt staff parking when a black pickup truck quickly drives up to them and stops just short of the protesters.

When protesters rise and start clamoring around the truck and banging around it, the truck pushes forward again causing protesters to scream.

Soon after the second move forward by the truck, other guards come out ordering protesters to move back, with one claiming to be a federal officer.

Rhode Island House Minority Leader Blake Filippi (R-Block Island, Charlestown, South Kingstown, Westerly) tweeted his reaction to the incident early Thursday morning.

“Expecting swift and decisive action by law enforcement,” Filippi said. “The actions by the truck driver don’t appear to be in self defense, or defense of others, from imminent harm - the only justification for violence.”

Regunberg added that local police at the scene declined to intervene, arrest the guard, or take down witness statements when approached by protesters.

“I also want to make very clear that literally dozens of us from tonight’s protest asked, clamored, demanded that the police take witness statements about the attack, and they actively refused to do so,” Regunberg said. “What kind of violence is someone like that willing to regularly unleash on powerless detainees, inside a prison where there are no cameras and no accountability?”

The chief of the Central Falls Police Department, Colonel Daniel J. Barzykowski, said that the accusations of police declining to take down statements from protestors was not true.

There were no reports of protesters being arrested.

Lifespan declined to comment on the hospitalized protesters conditions, citing federal privacy laws.

Neither the Central Falls Police Department, City of Central Falls, Office of the R.I. Attorney General, ICE, or the local outlet immediately responded to request for comment.


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15 Aug 2019, 8:43 am

Charlottesville, all over again...


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15 Aug 2019, 9:12 am

The Devil is spreading hate like a wildfire.

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15 Aug 2019, 9:14 am

^ ... fear and ignorance, too.


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15 Aug 2019, 9:15 am

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^ ... fear and ignorance, too.

And confusion


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15 Aug 2019, 9:35 am

In the video, it appears the protestors were blocking an entrance street to the facility.

So, the guard pulled up to them, honked, and slowly drove forward.


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15 Aug 2019, 9:37 am

LoveNotHate wrote:
... So, the guard pulled up to them, honked, and slowly drove forward...
... deliberately knocking down and running over those who stood in his way.

Just like what happened in Charlottesville.


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15 Aug 2019, 9:47 am

Fnord wrote:
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... So, the guard pulled up to them, honked, and slowly drove forward...
... deliberately knocking down and running over those who stood in his way.

Just like what happened in Charlottesville.

In this incident, the truck was barely moving forward.

The guard was just trying to get to his job.

The protestors had ample time to get out of the way of a moving truck.

So, no arrest made.


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15 Aug 2019, 9:49 am

The truck driver had ample opportunity to stop.

Blaming the victims does not absolve the driver's responsibility to operate his vehicle in a safe and lawful manner.


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15 Aug 2019, 10:04 am

Fnord wrote:
The truck driver had ample opportunity to stop.

Blaming the victims does not absolve the driver's responsibility to operate his vehicle in a safe and lawful manner.

Yes, he probably should of pulled up to them, and called police to have them dispersed.

Though, likely, he will not be arrested.


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15 Aug 2019, 10:18 am

LoveNotHate wrote:
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The truck driver had ample opportunity to stop. Blaming the victims does not absolve the driver's responsibility to operate his vehicle in a safe and lawful manner.

Yes, he probably should of pulled up to them, and called police to have them dispersed. Though, likely, he will not be arrested.
That remains to be seen.


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15 Aug 2019, 10:23 am

Things will get worse.


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15 Aug 2019, 10:28 am

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Things will get worse.
No doubt about that. As long as the lawful incarceration and deportation of illegal aliens is a political issue, there will be escalating conflict between opposing factions.


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15 Aug 2019, 11:28 am

I've watched the video and I have no sympathy for these people. Don't play chicken with a truck. You're going to lose.

I do think the guy should have given them more time to get out of the way, but when people are shooting up ICE facilities and trying to burn them down, I don't blame him for being edgy, it would have been so easy for any one of those people to step up to the side window and put a bullet in his head.

These people are not his friends, every one of them is his enemy. They want to destroy him and the organisation he's working for, they want to take food off his family's table. Remember that.



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15 Aug 2019, 11:37 am

Drake wrote:
I have no sympathy for these people.


That's exactly why this country is falling apart. People have no sympathy.


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