Keep in mind that these people are not criminals.

Their only “crime” is coming to this country for a better life.

Courtesy of Mother Jones

Immigrants held at a Louisiana jail say they were beaten and pepper-sprayed Friday after protesting their indefinite detention at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mother Jones obtained several text messages sent by detainees to attorney Lara Nochomovitz, who represents clients held in the Bossier (Parish) Sheriff Medium Security Facility, about 30 miles north of Shreveport. Nochomovitz said she first received a phone call Friday afternoon from one of her clients, who told her detainees were fainting after being pepper sprayed.

“There are lots of cops who came from another prison, they beat up the Cubans, they pepper spray them and handcuff them,” read one of the messages in Spanish from a man inside the jail. “There’s even an ambulance here. Help us please this is ugly!”

Another text message from the same man said that Cuban immigrants detained there were asking for release on bond and “to change the judge because he’s violating our rights.”

Lt. Bill Davis of the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a “small disturbance around lunchtime” caused a lockdown at the facility for a few hours. He said that a group of about 30 ICE detainees began yelling at the lunch table, and though the immigrants didn’t get physically violent, deputies used pepper spray to “deescalate” the situation. One of the detainees had to be transported to a local hospital “for anxiety attack issues” stemming from Friday’s incident, said Davis, who denied that the use of force went beyond pepper spray.

Maybe it’s just me but I am more likely to believe the immigrant victims over the cop trying to save his job. 

If you are wondering where you have seen this kind of treatment before, it could be from our racist past, or even from the images coming out of Russia. 

That’s right some members of Louisiana’s police department are now almost indistinguishable from Putin’s thugs in Moscow. 

I am sure that makes a certain orange-tinted wannabe dictator very proud indeed.