Providence police prepare for possible unrest with Chauvin verdict
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Providence police are preparing for any demonstrations or civil unrest from the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis.
Police officials held a news conference outside the Public Safety Complex Tuesday morning.
Police officials say they’re also continuing conversations with local activist groups, and in the event of a demonstration want to ensure the safety of prostesters, the safety of officers, and the community at large.
“And anyone that wants to protest and wants to have a conversation. We initiate conversation and we try to get to a place where it’s peaceful,” Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said.
They say there are no credible threats of violence or planned demonstrations. But, they’re staying in contact with state and local law enforcement agencies.