PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Protesters marched through the streets of Providence on Sunday night in solidarity with Kenosha, Wisconsin.
At least fifty people gathered outside Central High School around eight o’clock, before marching towards the Providence Public Safety Complex. Some wore helmets and goggles, and carried shields and signs reading, “no justice, no peace.”
Tensions quickly escalated when protesters stopped to confront officers in riot gear. Police said the officers are part of a special forces unit. They could also be seen on the roof of the safety complex and a nearby parking garage.
After about two hours, the protesters eventually walked back to the high school around 10:30 p.m. Police said one person was arrested during the protest following a confrontation with an officer.
Protesters said they held the rally in solidarity for Kenosha and Jacob Blake. The city of Kenosha has been roiled by protests since Blake, a black man, was shot several times in the back by police last weekend.