Correctional officer accused of driving truck into group of ICE protesters

An advocacy group says a correctional officer employed by a privately run prison that works with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was behind the wheel of a truck that drove into a group of protesters after a video went viral online showing the attack.

Never Again Action, a Jewish advocacy organization that has organized against the Trump administration’s immigration policies and its treatment of migrants at the southern border, shared a video of a Wednesday night protest outside the Wyatt Detention facility in Central Falls, R.I. A dark-colored pickup truck turns into the group of protesters, who were blocking the entrance into the facility, and appears to stop before accelerating and hitting several protesters.

Two protesters were treated at a hospital nearby with non-life threatening injuries, Never Again Action told The Hill.

{mosads} “Last night we experienced a small example of the violence that ICE uses against our immigrant neighbors every day. As Jews, our families taught us the lessons of the Holocaust, and we promised that we would speak out and act if we ever saw the warning signs of a group of people being targeted, dehumanized, and rounded up,” the organization said in a statement to The Hill. 

“We are answering the call of our ancestors to sound the alarm: #NeverAgainIsNow. Every person in the United States needs to join the fight to close the concentration camps, shut down ICE, and secure permanent protection for all undocumented people in the U.S.,” it continued.

Protesters can be heard yelling “shame” and “the whole world is watching” at the driver after he runs into the crowd. There were three children and a person in a wheelchair at the protest, Never Again Action confirmed to The Hill. They were all either “glancingly hit” or were out of the way of the car.

The organization alleges that the driver was a correctional officer at the facility who was wearing a badge and uniform. The driver can be seen wearing a badge and uniform in the video  

Local officers did not intervene after the truck hit the crowd in the video. They can later be seen pepper spraying protesters to move them from the area around the car.

“We’re putting our bodies on the line because we see the camps and the roundups. We’ve learned from our ancestors: NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE,” the organization shared on Twitter.

The facility is operated by the Central Falls Detention Facility Corporation, and it is overseen by a board appointed by the mayor of Central Falls, according to its website.  

The Hill has reached out to the facility for comment.

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