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Holding the line of violent protest: Providence, RI State, Cranston, and Warwick Police (Updated)

Photo: Chris Palmer Twitter Feed

7 arrests made in a second night of protest-gone-bad in the Elmwood Avenue area at the Providence/Cranston border.

A smaller crowd showed up last night for a planned protest to include not only the accident involving Jhamal Gonsalves, but also the treatment of protestors by police. The event followed a small, peaceful showing of demonstrators outside of the RI Attorney General’s Cranston offices, led by Gonsalves’ father and family, who have been vocal in their non-support for the actions of the ATV and other demonstrators that turn violent damaging property, injuring police officers, and police cars, and in general causing havoc on the normally quiet area of Providence. They also gathered at a police substation on Broad Street.

Last night police units were prepared for the protest to turn destructive, and Providence Police were joined by Cranston Police, RI State Police and the Warwick Police. The line was held at the Providence/Cranston border, preventing the anarchy from moving south outside of Providence.

Some Providence and Cranston police cruisers were damaged by throwing of objects, including glass bottles. The use of smoke bombs by rioters was met by police response of pepper/chemical spray.

Protesters now include a few identified as “medics” to help with injured protesters.

Organizers used social media, primarily Twitter to spread the word of their activities:

The seven people who were arrested last night:

August Guang, Providence

Chloe Davis, Cranston

Jeremy Polanco, Kissimmee, Florida

Qasim Flynn, Wakefield

Tuycho Horan, Providence

Yozairo Polanco, Smithfield (also arrested Tuesday)

John McCullough, Boston

Earlier in the day the family of Gonsalves announced that a second medical procedure was being planned to Jhamal as he had taken a turn for the worse. There had been an earlier presence demonstrating outside the circular drive entrance of RI Hospital.

From WPRI Reporter, Shiina LoSciuto’s Twitter Feed last night:

Arrested Tuesday night:

Patrick Eagle, 22, of East George Street, Providence, was arrested by Rhode Island State Police on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was arraigned by a justice of the peace.

Brianna Anderson, 25, of Middletown, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct

Anthony Deloge and Isaiah Lee are arraigned Wednesday after Tuesday night’s protest.

Robert Anelundi, 37, of Warwick, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct.

Erin Atwood, 28, of Warwick, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Samanthen Chace, 27, of Providence, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct, obstruction and resisting arrest.

Francis Curren, 35, of Providence, charged with disorderly conduct.

Anthony Deloge, 29, of Woonsocket, charged with disorderly conduct.

David Hedges, 27, of Woonsocket, charged with felony assault, disorderly conduct and possession of fireworks. Hedges is accused of assaulting police officers with fireworks, according to court records.

Isaiah Lee, 20, of Providence, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct, obstruction and resisting arrest.

Jake Lyman, 24, of Fall River, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct.

Jerome Massey, 39, of Newport, pleaded no contest and was sentenced to six months’ probation for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Danielle Michaels, 40, of Newport, charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Gabriel Munoz, 25, of Little Compton, pleaded not guilty to simple assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Christopher Murphy, 45, of Barrington, charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and failure to move.

Matthew O’Brien, 25, of Pawtucket, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct.

Elijah Peavy, 21, of Providence, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Justin Turner, 32, of Newport, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Rachel Victorin, 19, of Providence, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Jaylon Butler, 28, of Providence, charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction and failure to move.

Dylan Kraft, 24, of Blackstone, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct.

UPDATE: $32,238 has been raised of $50,000 GoFundMe goal for medical bills for Jhamal Gonsalves

UPDATE: Possible ATV Park. A local businessman who owns a large tract of land is discussing making it into an ATV Park. It is directly across from Mezzo Club, bounded by Route 146, Charles St. and Silver Spring. But – the location does not seem ideal at all as it would be right next to Charles Place Apartments, a low income housing highrise, at its north border. Here is a map of the proposed site. Mayor Elorza said he is trying to reach out to the “ATV-ers” to talk about creative solutions.

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  1. Lesley Maxwell on October 28, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    These clowns don’t know what they want. What are they protesting? Is it BLM, FTP, politics (although they know nothing about politics)? Now they want a place to run their ATVs. They create chaos and destruction – not the way to make a statement!
    Personally, I don’t think they know what they want except to tick everyone off.
    We have a beautiful pedestrian bridge – they ride on it. They zig-zag all over the place with no regard for others and safety. They’ve graffitied it. I wonder if any of these idiots paid a dime toward a $22 million bridge – probably not but they can afford a $500 piece of junk. Good use of stimulus money!!
    What part of illegal street vehicles don’t they get? Not registered, no license plates and they weren’t made for gang-bangers (that’s my opinion).
    It’s not a state law but a Federal law – no ATVs, mopeds, bikes or pedestrians should be on a Federal highway, period.
    One fool was talking to a reporter. He said there are skateparks so they want an ATV park. Anyone other than myself noticed he seemed to be stoned?
    On Tuesday, I came down Elmwood to turn onto Wellington and one ATV rider almost took off the front of my car as he swung from the wrong lane into Belmont Park. Good thing I have good reaction time! Slamming on my brakes isn’t my kind of fun.
    Please tell me how they’re going to transport those pieces of junk to a piece of land? They can’t drive them since they’re still illegal.
    Good thinking by the CPD – block Elmwood and Park with DPW trucks.
    The only smart thing any one of these idiots said was right – we don’t want you here. How about getting a job and growing up?