Lawmakers name for investigation into incident involving ICE detainees


Following the report of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees damaging a unit in a Dartmouth detention heart on Friday, Massachusetts lawmakers are calling for an impartial investigation into the incident.

In a letter despatched to Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and Reps. Joe Kennedy III and William Keating say they’re “alarmed by stories” of what occurred throughout the Bristol County Home of Correction’s C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Heart, Unit B. They word that “there are conflicting accounts about what occurred.” Additionally they requested for these detained to be allowed to talk with their legal professionals “instantly” and for all surveillance video to be saved for the investigation.

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Based on the Bristol County Sheriff’s Workplace in a news release, 10 individuals being held there, who reportedly had COVID-19 signs, “refused to get examined” and, after they had been instructed the testing was required, “rushed violently at Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson and corrections officers, barricaded themselves inside the power, ripping washing machines and pipes off the wall, broke home windows and trashed all the unit.”

Three of the individuals detained had been taken to the hospital following the incident — one for a pre-existing situation, one for a panic assault, and “one other for a medical incident after being faraway from the ICE wing.” Not one of the employees had been injured. The harm was referred to as “intensive” and was stated to price greater than $25,000.

In a joint information launch concerning their letter, the lawmakers famous that these detained reportedly stated they had been “dealt with violently, unnecessarily pepper-sprayed, and denied entry to counsel, after elevating issues about well being and security protections as they had been being ready to be transferred for COVID-19 testing.”

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The discharge from the lawmakers notes that again on April 2, the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation had requested these overseeing ICE detainees to search out alternate options to detention as a lot as doable.

In a press convention held Saturday by Kennedy, a number of individuals stated the detainees had made cellphone calls in worry of what was occurring, according to MassLive.

“I wasn’t listening to aggression from the detainees and once more I spoke to 4 of them,” legal professional Ira Alkalay, who represents 4 of the individuals detained there, stated, as reported by the information web site. “I used to be listening to plenty of worry, I used to be listening to terror.”

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He stated he was on the cellphone with certainly one of his purchasers when the shopper began saying, “Don’t hit me, don’t harm me,” based on MassLive.

The spouse of one of many detainees, Fatima Nohemy Chavez Vasquez, stated her husband didn’t point out violence introduced by the detainees towards the guards.

“He sounded very fearful about what was occurring,” she stated in the course of the press convention by a Spanish translator.

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Again on March 27, Legal professionals for Civil Rights Boston filed a class action lawsuit in opposition to ICE and the Bristol County sheriff asking for the discharge of the detainees on account of issues over COVID-19.

“Assist us” is written on a window on the ICE facility on the Bristol County Sheriff’s correctional complicated in Dartmouth. —Photograph by John Tlumacki/Globe workers
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