PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — State and local police will investigate how a high school resource officer handled a 14-year-old student that prompted a protest.
The Providence Journal reports Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien announced the investigation Thursday.
Eight youngsters and two adults were arrested after about 200 students protested the arrests of two students Wednesday at Tolman High School. Protesters say police used excessive force in taking the students into custody. A student captured the incident on video and posted it on Youtube.
Police say a delegation of students was invited to City Hall to discuss the incident. Authorities say 200 students congregated outside City Hall and became unruly. Police say a car window was smashed and protesters began spitting at and threatening police.
An officer used pepper spray on the crowd.
Information from: The Providence Journal.