Anti-ICE activists to protest Wyatt facility again

Blackstone Valley

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WPRI) — After a violent incident outside the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls nearly a month ago, activists who oppose the facility’s relationship with federal immigration officials say they plan to protest again Monday night.

The prison has been under scrutiny for several months after entering into an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house detainees while they await trial.

One of the protest’s organizers, former state Rep. Aaron Regunberg, told supporters in an email that the board “will vote on whether to double down on their agreement with investors to serve as an ICE detention facility.”

The board’s agenda – which was filed on the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s website – lists a potential vote on updating a forbearance agreement with the prison’s bondholders.

Five people were hospitalized after a truck driven by a Wyatt corrections officer plowed into a crowd of protesters. The attorney general’s office and Rhode Island State Police are currently investigating the incident, including the use of pepper spray on protestors.

Regunberg said protestors are expected to gather outside Monday night’s meeting at 5:30 p.m.

This story has been corrected to clarify the scheduled vote using information on Monday’s agenda from the secretary of state’s office and also to provide attribution about the planned protest.

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