More arrested in 2nd night of protests for injured man

A row of police clad in riot gear (at right) drive protestors away from the Providence Public Safety complex on October 20, 2020 during a riot that followed a peaceful protest for a moped rider injured in an encounter with police. Photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

The Associated Press

Several more people were arrested when protesters demanding justice for a Rhode Island man injured when the moped he was operating crashed as it was being followed by a police cruiser clashed with police for a second night.

Several dozen protesters marched through the Providence streets late Wednesday and threw bottles and rocks at police near the Cranston line at about 10 p.m., The Providence Journal reported.

Police in Providence and Cranston said up to eight people were taken into custody, mostly on disorderly conduct charges, WPRI-TV reported. Video from the scene showed vandalism to several police vehicles.

Twenty-one people were arrested Tuesday night when a rally seeking justice for Jhamal Gonsalves, 24, turned violent.

The family has disavowed the violence.

An investigation is underway to determine whether the police cruiser made contact with the moped. Three videos made public are inconclusive.

An attorney for Gonsalves’ family, Jude Kerrison, asked anyone with information about the crash to come forward.

The family is scheduled to meet with state Attorney General Peter Neronha on Thursday.