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Attorney General Neronha Provides Update On Investigation Into Wyatt Detention Center Incident

Earlier today, Attorney General Peter F. Neronha, joined by Colonel James M. Manni of the Rhode Island State Police and Colonel Daniel J. Barzykowski of the Central Falls Police Department, provided an update on the status of the investigation into the incident that took place at the Wyatt Detention Center last week.

“The incident last Wednesday night involved many, many people, and several distinct acts,” said Attorney General Neronha. “All the evidence that pertains to those acts, and the individuals involved, needs to be gathered and reviewed.”

Neronha outlined the process by which the investigative team is reviewing the information, which includes video footage, additional recordings, and over 30 recorded witness statements. He encouraged anyone who may have additional information to please come forward by contacting the Attorney General’s office, the Rhode Island State Police, or the Central Falls Police Department.

“To be clear: we want to speak with anyone that has information regarding what occurred that night,” said Neronha. “What they saw. What they heard. What injuries they suffered.”

He also outlined the two areas investigators are focusing on. The first is the operation of the vehicle. The second is the deployment of what is commonly known as pepper spray.

Neronha urged patience while the investigation continues. “Getting it right, particularly in this instance, given the volume of information available to us, requires doing it with deliberation,” he said.