R.I. prison captain resigns after allegedly driving truck into protesters

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Suddenly, a black pickup truck moves at high speeds toward the group.

In this still image from video provided by WLNE-TV, protesters blocking an entrance to the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility begin to move as a pickup truck approaches, Wednesday night, August 14, 2019, in Central Falls, R.I. The group, which was protesting federal immigration policies, said at least two people were injured.

Initial reports indicate that approximately 250 Jews and supporters had gathered at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls, R.I., to protest current US immigration policy, with more than 30 people blocking the entrance to the center's parking lot.

The Never Again Action group in Rhode Island said it was glad to hear about Woodworth's resignation. The protest was organized by the new Jewish group Never Again Action, which opposes ICE and United States immigration policy.

The Wyatt Detention Facility on Thursday afternoon announced that Captain Thomas Woodworth, who the activists identified as the man driving the truck, "has been placed on administrative leave" while the probe into the events of Wednesday night continues. The report said that someone may have been hurt.

"People here said they couldn't breathe".

Eilertsen and a photographer for CNN affiliate WPRI, who was there, said it was pepper spray. Another video shared by Never Again Action shows protesters lying on the ground and pouring water in their eyes.


Never Again Action was founded earlier this year to protest ICE's detention of undocumented immigrants, as well as USA immigration policy.

"We are answering the call of our ancestors to sound the alarm: #NeverAgainIsNow".

Frieden, who was not injured, was sitting near the protesters as the truck came upon the group. The protesters were then pepper sprayed by correctional officers. #NeverAgainMeans doing what it takes to #ShutDownICE.

While this may have influenced some to stop protesting, Anthony said this awful moment makes it clear that they need to continue their work.

JAISAL NOOR: Led by young American Jews, over the past weeks, thousands have taken part in protests across the country against law enforcement agencies and corporations working with ICE. "We were taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again, so we are sounding the alarm now", the group says in a description of its mission posted to its Facebook page.

JAISAL NOOR: Wyatt Detention Facility didn't respond for requests for comment.

After the driver parked, "he got out of the truck and he joined his colleagues in the driveway to form a perimeter and he just stood there staring at us", Anthony said. Shots were reportedly fired at a recent ICE facility in Texas as well as an apparent arson and attack at an ICE facility in Washington state.

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