NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WLNE)- Three detainees at C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center at the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office have been transported to the hospital following a disturbance, according to a statement from Sheriff Thomas Hodgson.
Hodgson said a group of 10 detainees refused to be tested after first reporting symptoms of COVID-19.
According to the statement, the detainees violently confronted Hodgson and correctional officers.
They then “barricaded themselves inside the facility, ripped washing machines and pipes off the wall, broke windows and trashed the entire unit,” according to the statement
Attorney Ira Alkalye represents four ICE detainees at the facility.
Alkalye said he was on the phone with a client when the melee broke out. He described hearing a scuffle, and his client speaking to him through tears before being pulled away from the phone.
His client claimed corrections officers used pepper spray to disburse the detainees.
According to the sheriff’s office, three detainees were transported by ambulance to the hospital.
One who experienced “symptoms of a panic attack, one for a pre-existing medical condition and another for a medical incident after being removed from the ICE wing”, according to the statement.
No corrections staff were reported injured.
The sheriff’s office reported over $25,000 in damages to the facility.
Hodgson is holding a press conference at the jail at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
This is a breaking news story and more will be reported as it becomes known.
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