NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Five people who helped shut down Interstate 95 through Providence during a protest sparked by the events in Ferguson, Missouri, are scheduled to appear in court.
State Police Col. Steven O'Donnell says that the protesters had marched peacefully from Central High School to the Providence police station on Tuesday when a group of about 100 to 150 people broke off and decided to go on the highway.
He says they jumped a 5-foot fence and streamed onto I-95 South and North. He said a "mob mentality" took over.
Protests erupted across the country following Monday's announcement that a grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson.
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