March on Manton Ave. calls for accountability in 2 alleged police brutality incidents

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Nearly 100 people marched down Manton Ave. Thursday evening, demanding change following what they call a pattern of police brutality in the city.

The protest was set off by two specific incidents this summer, the first happening in June on Sayles St.

Body camera footage of police response to a disturbance on Sayles St. showed officers using pepper spray to break up a large confrontation between dozens of people. Four minors and one adult were arrested.

The release of the footage sparked outcry against elected officials.

“We can’t beat our kids, so they can’t beat our kids,” Taffii Moore, a Sayles St. resident, said at the march.

Parents like Moore claim their children were beaten during the incident. The Providence Police Department says their internal investigation is closed after two officers were disciplined. Moore says that’s not enough, and are asking for a public apology.

The second incident also sparked outrage after three teens were arrested after recklessly riding around the city pointing BB-guns at people and an officer.

Two officers were placed on administrative leave following the incident, which according to the department, is still being investigated internally.

The Providence Police Department did not respond to ABC6 when asked for comment about the march.

The Fraternal Order of Police said, in part, “The Providence FOP respects everyone’s right to peacefully protest,” and that “The three juveniles and officers involved that night are innocent until proven guilty.”

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