PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police are looking to build a stronger relationship with the community in the wake of racially charged protests.
On Monday night, law enforcement leaders will meet with 15 community groups to discuss the demonstrations in Providence in the wake of a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell is focused on how protesters can express their views without putting themselves or others in harms way.
“You have to be responsible. There are other people you have to worry about. People that are in cars, rescues, rescue personnel, and also just the protestors,” he told Eyewitness News. “Don’t impede other people’s right to do what they have to do.”
Jim Vincent, President of the Providence NAACP, supports the community forums.
“This shouldn’t be the police with certain community leaders. That’s good, but it should be as many people in the community that would like to get to know the police better,” Vincent said.
Monday’s meeting will take place at the South Providence Recreation Center on Prairie Avenue at 8:00 p.m.