BLM RI to discuss alleged excessive force by Woonsocket police

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WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — The Black Lives Matter Rhode Island PAC will discuss on Monday reports of excessive force by Woonsocket police.

Harrison Tuttle, the executive director of BLM RI PAC, said a group of families claim that on Oct. 10, a man physically assaulted multiple minors at AutumnFest, and that police escorted the man out but never arrested or charged him.

The families also told BLM that when the minors were taken to the police station, parents were not allowed to see their children for 45 minutes.

In one case, Tuttle said, a child was interrogated without a parent in the room and was “name-called due to their mental health struggles.”

They also alleged that an officer used a knee-on-neck restraint on a bystander who recorded the incident.

Tuttle said the families are now asking the Rhode Island attorney general to investigate incident, repeal the officers’ Bill of Rights and implementation of body cameras, and compensation for the victims.

ABC 6 News reached out Woonsocket police for information but have yet to hear back.

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