Federal judge sides ?with ICE in death suit

PROVIDENCE – A federal judge in Rhode Island has sided with a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer sued by the widow of a Chinese immigration detainee, The Associated Press reported last week. More

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Federal judge sides ?with ICE in death suit

Posted 2/6/12

PROVIDENCE – A federal judge in Rhode Island has sided with a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer sued by the widow of a Chinese immigration detainee, The Associated Press reported last week.

Hiu Lui “Jason” Ng, a 34-year-old computer engineer from New York City, died while in custody at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls.

Federal immigration authorities had concluded that Ng was neglected and denied appropriate medical care before dying of advanced liver cancer. After his death, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials faulted the prison for mistreating Ng, removed its 153 immigrant prisoners and terminated its contract with the jail.

The AP said the judge’s order dismissing claims against ICE Operations Coordinator Lawrence Smith was filed last week in Providence. Ng’s death came about a week after he met with Smith in Hartford, Conn.

The decision means no more federal employees are named in the lawsuit, which accuses Wyatt staff of abusing and medically neglecting Ng, the AP said. •

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