Warren man injured at Wyatt Detention Facility protest

Jerry Belair sustained right leg injuries after being hit by truck

Posted 8/15/19

An attorney and gun control activist from Warren was one of several protestors injured Wednesday night during a protest of Trump administration policies held outside the Donald W. Wyatt Detention …

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Warren man injured at Wyatt Detention Facility protest

Jerry Belair sustained right leg injuries after being hit by truck

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An attorney and gun control activist from Warren was one of several protestors injured Wednesday night during a protest of Trump administration policies held outside the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls.

Jerry Belair, who was protesting ICE policies with the Never Again Action group, sustained tendon and ligament damage in his right leg after he and at least three other protestors were struck by a pickup truck driven by a correctional officer working at the facility.

Protestors said in reports that they were assembling peacefully across the street from the center’s entrance when several were struck by a black pickup truck that drove out through the front gates. Following that, officers inside the truck called for backup and more arrived, according to reports, pepper-spraying several protestors and "strong-arming" others.

Mr. Belair wrote on his Facebook page that while he initially was suspected of having a broken leg, the damage was not that severe  — “I’m good, just a little off the feet time,” he wrote.

Following the incident, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha released a statement pledging to learn how the peaceful protest escalated:

"This Office, working with the Rhode Island State Police, is investigating what transpired last night at the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls. Once we have a full understanding of the relevant facts, we will determine how to proceed. Peaceful protest is a fundamental right of all Americans; it is unfortunate last night’s situation unfolded as it did. We urge all to exercise restraint as our investigation proceeds."

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