Protesters gathered inside City Hall on Thursday to rally against what they say is increased racial profiling of Southeast Asians by Providence police. In an email, Providence police defended their conduct in one particular case and offered the group an avenue to air their grievances.
PROVIDENCE — Protesters gathered inside City Hall on Thursday to protest what they say is increased racial profiling of Southeast Asians by Providence police.
“I was dropping off my sister” and had a cousin in the car as well, said Athan Seng, 18, who said police pulled him over without justification April 4. “The first thing they asked me was if I had a weapon.”
Seng said he was wearing a Toronto Blue Jays jersey and driving a blue 2004 Acura RSX. It was the blue — associated with the Crips, an association of violent street gangs — that Seng and the dozens rallying with him said was probably the reason he was pulled over. The incident involved six officers that lasted about 15 minutes, he said.
″[The officer] said he put ‘two and two together,’” Seng said. The police searched his car, finding only a laptop computer and school workbooks. “I was not really that surprised it happened.”
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