UPDATED 3:10 PM PT — Sunday, May 3, 2020
A group of immigrants in federal custody clashed with Massachusetts ICE authorities this weekend, trashing part of a detention center. According to reports, the incident happened Friday night when a disturbance was reported at the Bristol County House of Correction.
Officials said 10 detainees exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, but refused to get tested. Instead, the migrants barricaded themselves inside the facility and destroyed the unit.
Community Advisory: Group of ICE detainees in Bristol County reported multiple COVID symptoms Friday but refused to get tested and ultimately trashed the facility, attacked officers and caused thousands in damages. pic.twitter.com/JpLEwSA501
— Bristol County Sheriff’s Office (@BristolSheriff) May 2, 2020
Three of them were eventually taken to the hospital.
“We’re not going to stand down, and we’re not going to break our partnership with ICE,” stated Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson. “We’re going to step it up every place we can and give the people maximum protection that they rightfully deserve and we promised them they’d have.”
According to one detainee, those involved in the altercation became afraid when they were told they would be moved to a different facility for testing and could be exposed to the virus.
As it stands, more than 500 detainees in two dozen detention centers have tested positive in the U.S.