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Immigrant detainees at the Adelanto Detention Center in San Bernardino say they were pepper sprayed earlier this month by officers in riot gear for peacefully protesting inside the facility.

Elly Yu reports that on June 12, the men were told they were going into lockdown because of a protest happening outside the facility’s walls, with which the detainees had no involvement. Confused and unhappy – lockdown can mean being kept in a cell for 23.5 hours per day – some of the men simply sat down, or declined to return to their cells.

"We were not a threat,” Alexis Gonzalez, who has since been released from the facility, told Yu.

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Nevertheless, officers allegedly came out in force, outfitted in SWAT-like gear and deploying pepper spray.

"I went into my room and started throwing up, and my eyes were burning," Edgar Guillen, who is being held at the facility, told Yu. "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."

It’s not clear what the next steps are for those affected.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today.

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