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Adelanto Detainees Protested A Lockdown — Out Came The Pepper Spray

This outdoor recreation area serves the general population at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Detention Facility in Adelanto.(File photo by Maya Sugarman/KPCC)
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Over the weekend, I spoke with multiple sources about peaceful protests gone awry when officers at ICE's Adelanto immigrant detention facility in San Bernardino County deployed pepper spray and pepper balls.

In a phone call, one detainee told me:

“That’s when I went into my room and started throwing up, and my eyes were burning. That night was crazy. I couldn’t see. My whole body was burning. I had to get up a few times and throw water on my body. We coughed the whole night.”

ICE has acknowledged the incident, but says force was justified. Attorneys and detainees tell another story, which includes several days of unwarranted, near 24-hour lockdowns.


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