RI State Police investigate possible threats made against Providence Police officers on social media

Moped Body Cam Still

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): Rhode Island State Police are investigating possible threats made on social media against Providence Police officers following last Sunday’s moped crash, that left 24-year-old Jhamal Gonsalves in critical condition.

According to Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare, the posts involved at least three officers, which have been circling on social media

“It was a direct threat to the officers and personal information including addresses were put out there,” Commissioner Pare said. “We in law enforcement are constantly monitoring social media posts and threats against people,” Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said.

Col. James Manni with Rhode Island State Police said they won’t identify the officers names but notified them.

“Two involved the home addresses of the Providence Police Officers. The third involved a possible threatening message,” Col. James Manni with Rhode Island State Police said.

The officers involved live outside of Providence, which is why State Police is handling the investigation.

Col. Manni said state police will be looking into whether the threats are credible. Charges can include threats against a public official if in fact the investigation reveals that was the intent, according to Col. Manni.

The criminal investigation into whether Providence Police Officer Kyle Endres hit Gonsalves on his moped is still underway Providence Police released bodycam footage on Monday.  However, Police have stressed they are missing key video of the direct moment of impact after both Gonsalves and Endres turned onto Bissell Street from Elmwood Avenue.

Gonsalves remains in a coma and is in critical condition. His family along with their attorney have publicly condemned any violence.

“The family has consistently asked any public demonstration be peaceful,” Jude Kerrison, the Gonsales family’s attorney said at a press conference Monday. “We again ask people continue to demonstrate their support and raise their support be we also ask everyone to remain peaceful.”

 

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