Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith was pepper sprayed on Sunday while protesting outside the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, FOX 5 News’ Lisa Evers first reported on social media. Inmates at the federal detention center went days without power or heat.
Smith’s Instagram stories showed her and other protesters demanding to be let inside the detention center and asking why the power was out. In a later story, she said her eyes were on fire and she couldn’t breathe after being pepper sprayed and thrown on the floor. She showed the canister of pepper spray that was thrown on the floor, telling her followers, “Y’all know I’m not violent.”
“I’m okay. I’m alive. But we got work to do. We got serious work to do,” she said in an Instagram story.
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Officials said power was restored at the federal detention center Sunday night, CBS News reported.
“In the coming days, the [Justice] Department will work with the Bureau of Prisons to examine what happened and ensure the facility has the power, heat and backup systems in place to prevent the problem from re-occurring,” said Wyn Hornbuckle, deputy director of public affairs for the Justice Department, per CBS.
After the power was restored and the protests ended, Smith took to Instagram to celebrate the victory. She was still in pain, though, and asked if anybody knew how to get pepper spray out of your chest. While she recovered, her fans thanked her for taking action and standing up for inmates’ rights.
“They never should have cut it off!!!! Great job!! Y’all didn’t deserve to go thru whatcha did!” one person commented on Instagram.
The reality TV star told People magazine last year that she fights for social justice because she wants to set a good example for her two kids.
“I want my children to understand that we can absolutely teach about the injustices, but to really be change agents against these injustices you have to get out there and move with the people,” Smith said.
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