CUMBERLAND – Up to 200 or more people, mostly from Rhode Island, led a walking protest through town last week that ended with two arrests outside Gov. Dan McKee’s house.
At around 7:50 p.m. last Friday, R.I. State Police responded to a disturbance outside McKee’s home, according to a release. During the disturbance, two people were arrested, Tyler Bonin, age 32, of East Providence, charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction, and resisting arrest, and Joshua Joseph, 38, of Woonsocket, charged with the same three crimes.
Both were held overnight pending a morning arraignment.
The main gathering place for the group, many of whom carried “my body, my choice” signs and U.S. flags, appeared to be Bentley Field near the intersection of Diamond Hill Road and not far from McKee’s home on Hillside Road. Some also shouted into bullhorns, voicing opposition to the governor’s vaccine mandate and highlighting the plight of small business owners during the pandemic.
Segments of the group blocked traffic at various points along Diamond Hill Road. The event was billed as a vigil for those losing their jobs in health care over the state’s vaccine mandate.