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Providence officer on paid leave after man injured during last week’s protests

The incident involved the use of a “less lethal device,” officials said

A burned out Providence police cruiser sat near the entrance of the Providence Place Mall following a protest in Providence on June 2.Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe

A Providence police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave over the use of a “less lethal device” amid protests in the city that turned violent early in the morning of June 2. Police said a man was injured, but they did not say how.

Providence police said in a statement that the incident happened “amongst the chaos and mayhem that transpired during the destructive events within our city early Tuesday morning.”

The injured man is being treated at Rhode Island Hospital, officials said. They did not provide details about his condition.

The officer placed on leave was identified only as a 13-year member of the department. Further information about the incident was not immediately available.


Police arrested 65 people early last Tuesday after dozens of people broke into a shopping mall in downtown Providence, stole items from stores, and set a police car on fire. Several police officers sustained minor injuries when they were hit by bricks.

The Boston office of the FBI said Monday that it was seeking photos and videos from the June 1 riots that showed people involved in criminal behavior, asking people to contact the bureau with tips at fbi.gov/violence or call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324).

Providence Police Chief Hugh T. Clements Jr. said Friday that the FBI was aiding the investigation.

Providence and state police have said they believe the riots and looting were spurred by outside and organized agitators, but they have not identified any specific group.