PROVIDENCE — On Friday, a Superior Court judge temporarily blocked the McKee administration’s order that homeless people camping in tents at the State House must leave.
Judge David Cruise issued a temporary restraining order, which prevents the state from clearing the tent encampment until Wednesday.
Governor Dan McKee’s office had no immediate comment.
People camping outside the State House were notified Wednesday by members of McKee’s staff that they would have to leave within 48 hours, or face fines or arrest.
On Thursday in a letter to McKee administration, the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island demanded McKee rescind the eviction order. Executive Director Steven Brown said the ACLU would “consider possible legal action on behalf of people who end up being adversely affected.”
By the Friday morning deadline, the state had not yet responded to the ACLU’s letter. People and their tents remained outside the State House. And protesters began to gather inside the State House, holding signs and singing “We Shall Overcome.”
It’s past 9 am. Deadline.
People in tents are still outside the State House, defying @GovDanMcKee’s orders to vacate the grounds by 9 today.
— Alexa Gagosz (@AlexaGagosz) December 9, 2022
This is a developing news story and will be updated.