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Police cruiser set on fire, stores looted during protests in Providence, RI


Violent protests that rocked in Providence, Rhode Island on Monday were similar to the scenes that unfolded in Boston the night before.

Looters took to the city streets near the Providence Place Mall, smashing storefronts and stealing from inside.

Several fires were also set in the area, including one to a police cruiser.

Crews put out the flames, revealing a burned cruiser shell.

A large police presence is patrolling the city as cleanup gets underway.

One of the people helping with the cleanup, Ryan Ademan, was appalled by the amount of debris left behind.

“It looks like the aftermath of a warzone between all the glass, burnt embers, tear gas canisters, random fliers, graffiti,” he said. “It’s terrible.”

On Sunday night, peaceful protests in response to the death of George Floyd took a violent turn in Boston. Several officers were injured, nearly two dozen cruisers were damaged and more than 50 people were arrested.

Officials have not said if anyone was injured or arrested in Providence.

This is a developing story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest updates.



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