- A California protester has accused the police of forcing her to drink cold water to keep her temperature so low that she could be detained A Newsweek report.
- The unidentified woman was part of a group of protesters who chained to California Governor Gavin Newsom's house on Monday and asked him to release prisoners for fear of coronavirus.
- The 14 arrested protesters have since charged prison personnel with unsanitary practices, citing clogged toilets, cramped cells, and no sanitation.
- The protesters also said that they were denied food and water "for the full 16 hours" and received no medical care, even though some of them fell ill.
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A protester, who was arrested outside Californian Governor Gavin Newsom's house on Monday, accused the police of unsafe practices after allegedly being forced to drink cold water to lower her temperature enough to be locked up.
In a Newsweek reportThe unidentified woman said that when she arrived at Sacramento County prison, she started "showing a high fever" and was then forced to drink cold water.
She had recently had a negative COVID-19 test, but demonstrators said that artificially lowering her temperature could put others at risk of contracting the virus.
The woman was part of a group of 14 protesters who were arrested after chained to the gate of Newsom's property on Monday. They requested the release of prison inmates due to coronavirus fears and beseeched Newsom to stop the transfer of prisons to the US Immigration and Customs Agency (ICE).
The group has since accused the police and prison staff of unsanitary practices and has led to clogged toilets, cramped cells, and maskless prison staff who are said to have forced the demonstrators to put their unwashed fingers in their mouths to show that they have not hidden any "contraband" . Newsweek reports.
According to the report, the demonstrators also said that they were denied food and water "for the full 16 hours," that they were in custody and received no medical care, even though one of them "became so seriously ill that they had to vomit for hours." , dizzy, lose their eyesight, experience cold sweats and suffer from migraines. "
"When we asked for a hand sanitizer to do the job safely, officials repeatedly refused to do so, even though medical personnel only had a bottle of hand sanitizer just one room away," the group said in the report, Newsweek said.
The group has been charged with entering and neglecting to leave, the unlawful gathering and the failure to disperse after a warning. the sacramento bee reported.
In response to the protest outside his home on Monday, Newsom said in a virtual press conference that he was working to address the ongoing problem of coronavirus outbreaks in state prisons, prisons, and ICE detention centers.
"The worst thing we can do is mass release, where people are simply released onto the streets and sidewalks and end up on benches and roadside parks," he said, according to Sacramento Bee. "It's not compassion, it would … actually make the problem worse."
At the time of writing, the Sacramento County prison had not responded to Business Insider's request for comment.