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Group outside of Pine Prairie detention center protest ICE facility

Posted at 4:19 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 22:19:11-04

A number of people lined up outside the Pine Prairie detention center on Friday to protest the ICE facility in the area.

Pine Prairie Mayor James Quint West says that the group was there to protest the treatment of inmates at the facility.

A person on a megaphone can be heard saying that they came to "stand in solidarity." That same individual can be heard saying to deescalate when officers try to move protesters off of the roadway. In the video, there was pushing between both parties.

Officials are not sure if the protest is organized by any specific group. No arrests have been made and the protest remained relatively peaceful, according to West.

In the video, it appears that officers may have pepper sprayed the crowd.

The whole incident was captured on a Ville Platte Gazette Facebook live.