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ICE officer who drove his truck into row of Jewish protesters resigns

ICE officer who drove his truck into row of Jewish protesters resigns

"Tonight, we experienced a tiny sample of the violence ICE uses on our immigrant neighbors every day", Never Again Action said on Twitter. "I got pepper sprayed".

"It was terrifying because we didn't know what exactly his intention was", Amy Anthony, a spokesperson for Never Again Action, a Jewish activist group that planned the protest, told The Washington Post.

Shortly thereafter a group of officers arrived to disperse the primarily Jewish crowd, during which they appear to have used pepper spray on several demonstrators. When the protesters rose and yelled at the driver, who was honking, the vehicle briefly stopped.

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 USA immigration policy, with more than 30 people blocking the entrance to the center's parking lot.

While this may have influenced some to stop protesting, Anthony said this awful moment makes it clear that they need to continue their work. "They reported here that they were sprayed with pepper spray", said a Channel 12 reporter at the scene.

Officials at the center have not explicitly said whether Woodworth was driving the truck, saying that was part of the overall investigation. In a statement, the facility says it "is also conducting a top to bottom review of the incident" internally. #NeverAgainMeans doing what it takes to #ShutDownICE.

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The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office said Thursday that it was investigating the incident.

Captain Thomas Woodworth has resigned from his position at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility - after driving his pick-up truck into protesters outside the facility this week. "We urge all to exercise restraint as our investigation proceeds". I am in communication with RI State Police Colonel Jim Manni regarding the events of last night, and we are committed to a full investigation. Community groups have been denied access to the immigrants being detained inside.

"We are answering the call of our ancestors to sound the alarm: #NeverAgainIsNow". 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 a group of people being targeted, dehumanized, and rounded up.

The activists who blocked the truck's path oppose the Trump administration's immigration policy, comparing its treatment of migrants to the treatment of Jews in concentration camps, and have staged efforts around the country to block access to sites where ICE operates.

Another tweet said the group had delivered a letter to the center's leadership "demanding transparency about the condition of those inside", and giving an ultimatum: "If they do not come out to meet with us by 8pm, then we will have no choice but to shut down their facility".


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