Surveillance video shows BB gun incident that ended in violent arrest of 3 teens, officers suspended
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The fallout continues after body camera footage released this week showed the violent arrest of three teenagers in July. ABC6 News obtained surveillance footage from a business attacked by the teens.
The teenagers were arrested after pointing BB guns at civilians and a police officer, before leading Providence Police on a chase throughout the City.
Video obtained from Narragansett Creamery on Dearborn Street shows the interaction between the teens and employees just hours before the pursuit and arrests.
Creamery workers did not want to go on camera for fear of their safety, but shared video of the July 8 attack.
A car can be seen pulling up to where three employees are standing before coming to a stop. The driver gets out of the car and begins shooting at the men outside.
As employees scatter, more people are seen leaving the car, shooting, and chasing the men. One employee was hospitalized that night.
After leading police on a chase throughout the City, the pursuit ended in a violent arrest. Two Providence police officers were suspended amid a use-of-force investigation.
ABC6 Spoke with Harrison Tuttle, Executive Director of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island PAC, who said he was disturbed to see the body camera footage when it was released earlier this week.
Tuttle says both police and the teens need to be held accountable.
“It’s a self-reflection of where we are we have made some progress in this state there is still a ton of work to be done,” Tuttle told ABC6.
“We can have teens with BB guns scaring people. We have to deal with that and look at that for what it is. But also recognize that there were police officers that were spitting and punching. We expect in our society a higher standard.”
Providence’s Fraternal Order of Police say they won’t comment directly on the actions of the officers, as the investigation is still ongoing.
“Unfortunately, what will be lost in all this is the fact that three individuals made the conscious choice to buy weapons and use them to terrorize our city with a complete disregard for life and property, committing a number of serious crimes. Three offenders with a history of run-ins with police driving recklessly, endangering everyone and everything in their path, and actually shooting innocent civilians with their weapons. This will be lost because the focus was shifted to police actions only.”