Raimondo activates RI National Guard to aid state, local police in response to overnight violence in Providence
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Governor Gina Raimondo responded to Tuesday’s overnight violence in Providence by activating the National Guard to aid state and local police.
“This is not who we are as Rhode Islanders,” Gov. Raimondo said of the overnight looting in Providence. “Violence is not the answer.”
Raimondo added that RI National Guard Gen. Chris Callahan will present a plan to her later Tuesday and she will consider a statewide curfew.
Looters were seen breaking into Providence Place and smashed windows at the mall and other parts of the city.
Nearly 70 people were arrested overnight, Raimondo said.
“Make no mistake about it, last night was not a protest,” Rhode Island State Police Col. James Manni said Tuesday.
Manni noted that both the Rhode Island State Police and Providence Police knew about the planned violence beforehand. He described the organizers of the melee as an “anti-government group”, but did not elaborate further.
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