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8/16/2019 Sen. Crowley’s statement on incident outside of Wyatt Detention Center
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) is issuing the following statement regarding the incident between protesters and correctional officers last night outside of the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls.

“After reading the news reports and watching video from the scene, I believe that it is deplorable that this incident arose from a peaceful demonstration advocating for the rights and well-being of fellow human beings.  One of the great American rights and ideals is the ability to peacefully express one’s thoughts and feelings in a public setting.  This constitutional right was shattered last night and it is extremely disappointing and troubling,” said Senator Crowley.

“If the correctional officer in question felt threatened, he should have immediately called the Central Falls Police Department to escort him into the parking lot, rather than trying to ram his way through people in a large truck.  Correctional officers at Wyatt have no legal authority on the streets of Central Falls, so the use of pepper spray on protesters is also quite disturbing.  I am pleased that the Central Falls Police, the Attorney General’s office, and the Rhode Island State Police are investigating this needless and potentially dangerous incident so that accountability can be upheld,” concluded Senator Crowley.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903