A protest is expected in Providence Saturday to show support for Baltimore residents, who have been calling for justice in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, a black man who died from injuries sustained in police custody.
Baltimore officials announced Friday that six police officers will face charges.
In Providence, rally organizer Marco McWilliams say he shares concerns raised in Baltimore about the relationship between police and minority residents.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit against the Providence Police Department. The ACLU says the department violated the rights of two protesters outside a campaign fundraiser for Gina Raimondo.
Last year Shannah Kurland was arrested for refusing to move during a protest at Roger Williams Park against then-gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo. Kurland said she was moved so far away from the event, more than 250 feet, that her protest was ineffectual; violating her rights to free speech and public demonstration.
About 100 demonstrators gathered outside the Providence Public Safety Complex Thursday night. The protest grew out a demonstration that briefly shut down I-95 last week.
The demonstrators gathered in support of a Providence firefighter facing discipline for raising his fist during last week’s protest over a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. One protestor, Dewayne Boohackney, said people concerned about racial inequities need to keep pressing for change.