Providence cleans up after Monday night riots and looting
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — After a night of violence, looting, and vandalism in the city of Providence, residents and business owners were assessing the damage Tuesday morning.
Shattered glass, boarded windows trash, and graffiti were found all over downtown.
Business owner Mark McCauley’s shoe store on Washington Street was broken into, looted, and set on fire.
“I got down here and saw the mess,” McCauley said, “they’ve gutted it. There was a fire inside.”
Dozens of businesses across town were broken into and looted. An attendant station at a public parking lot on Moshassuck Ct. was even burned to the ground.
Cafe Nuovo at Citizens Plaza was looted. The owner tells ABC6 both cash registers were taken, and over $30,000 worth of alcohol stolen.
Providence Public Safety Commissioner, Steven Pare said 65 people were arrested Monday night. 35 of them were from Providence.
Mayor Jorge Elorza said the violence was not the act of protesters, rather a group of people — mainly young adults — who came out intentionally to cause harm and damage.
Providence residents echoed that sentiment, saying the looting and rioting take away from peaceful protest efforts against police brutality and in honor of George Floyd.
“I’d rather see the youth put a plan together to build, do something different, fight in a smarter way,” said Providence resident Rudy Cabrera.
“I’m not against that energy, just drive it in the right direction,” Cabrera said.
Many businesses in Providence were seen boarding up doors and windows in fear of the second night of violence in the city.