On Sunday evening, owners of ATVs and dirt bikes gathered together in Providence, Rhode Island, riding through streets. During this make-shift parade, a was seen appearing to chase the riders — despite policy forbidding such chases — before ramming , sending him flying through the air. That 24-year-old man is now in critical condition.Providence police say now investigating the officer-involved incident. Providence Hugh Clements, officers were area after responding to multiple calls about the 200-300 ATVs riding through . The vehicle was driving an ATV and be a scooter.
Although Providence Police were seen following the ATVs man on the scooter, the Providence has certain no-chase policies public safety liabilities, and police say stopping the bikers , WPRI. The video below appears for such a no-chase policy.
We have no idea what led up to the instance or why the was pursuing on the scooter. However, we do know what happened after the brief pursuit began.
As the video shows, the officer SUV appears to be driving after on the scooter before they both make a right turn. The camera briefly pans away before turning back to the scooter see flying several feet before crashing into the pavement.
When the officers are seen responding to the crash, is unconscious and in need of life-saving help. help, however, police appeared more concerned with obstructing the crash scene by moving the man’s scooter off to the side. Several officers are then seen callously walking by the unconscious man as others tell bystanders and witnesses back.
The man’s name or whether he’d been accused of any crimes available as of the publishing of . In response to the incident, the Rhode Island chapter of Black Lives Matter issued .
“Police officer(s) from Providence intentionally and deliberately runs down and crashes a young African-American man on a scooter with their police truck in criminal excessive use of force and assault with a deadly weapon (police vehicle) knocking him unconscious and his hospitalization at Rhode Island Hospital where currently being treated for life-threatening injuries,” BLM RI wrote in an Instagram post.
Mayor Jorge Elorza was reportedly on the scene of the crash and also issued .
“We’re get to of it and exactly what happened,” Elorza said.
Later night, his office released a statement:
We had a terrible incident in our city tonight that left a young man severely injured— we hope he will make a full recovery. Our police are actively reviewing all video evidence, witnesses, and recreating the scene. be doing a full investigation communicate investigation unfolds.
In response to the crash, the used that moment about the danger of ATVs essentially blaming on the scooter for his own injuries.
“This danger we exactly spoke about,” Clements said. “These are illegal on . They’re dangerous.”
However, we know that the man’s scooter was illegal as police have yet to release any information.
In Rhode Island, a law is police to seize ATVs deemed “illegal” and destroy them.
According to WPRI, earlier this month, Providence police made a public display of destroying ATVs and dirt bikes they’ve confiscated as their crackdown on illegal street vehicles over the last three years.
“They’re illegal for a reason. They’re dangerous on streets. Look, they shouldn’t be operated on the roadways,” Clements said.
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