By Bob Plain on November 13, 2017
“Many questions remain unanswered” after State and Providence police officers killed Joseph Santos and injured Christine Demers when they fired more than 40 bullets into a pickup truck Santos rammed into an occupied car to elude capture, said the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island in announcing a five-page “preliminary analysis” of the incident. […]
Posted in Criminal Justice, Featured | Tagged ACLU, ACLU of RI, Christine Demers, deadly use of force, high speed chase, Joseph Santos, Providence Police, RI State Police, Steven Pare | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on November 12, 2017
In the wake of the death of Joseph Santos, who was shot at by Providence and State police officers more than 40 times for ramming his pickup truck into a car in an attempt to elude capture, Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare gave an exclusive interview, via email, to RI Future. How confident are […]
By Bob Plain on November 10, 2017
Providence Police and Rhode Island State Troopers fired more than 40 bullets into a pickup truck that was ramming cars to elude capture. The hail of gunfire killed Joseph Santos, 32, and injured Christine Demers, 37, both of whom were unarmed. At a press conference today, Providence Police played Rhode Island Department of Transportation highway […]
By Bob Plain on November 10, 2017
Rhode Island police officers shot and killed a man and wounded a woman in a pickup truck on Interstate 95 near downtown Providence Thursday. It remains unclear why officers shot at the pair in the pickup, or to what extent the incident was related to a stolen police car earlier that morning. State Police Col. […]
By Steve Ahlquist on September 6, 2017
“I know that Brown will do the right thing,” said Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug of the Pokanoket Nation.
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By Steve Ahlquist on March 26, 2017
Incoherent, racist and stupid: John DePetro’s MAGA Rally, a racist, nativist love letter to President Trump, was a spectacular failure.
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By Bob Plain on February 27, 2017
A Jewish community center in Providence was one of at least ten across the country to receive a bomb threat today. At around 11am, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island got a computer generated phone call that said there was a bomb in the building, according to Providence police, who swept the building with […]
By Bob Plain on February 14, 2017
Some 40 people forcibly crammed into Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza’s office and refused to leave until staff personally delivered to him a petition calling for police officer Matthew Sheridan to be fired. Led by Direct Action for Rights and Equality and the Providence Youth Student Movement, they chanted, “No justice, no peace. No racist police.” […]
By Steve Ahlquist on October 27, 2016
The FANG Collective staged a demonstration outside TD Bank Wednesday to protest the company’s support of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which is even now being blocked by First Nation protesters from many different tribes. TD Bank is one of many lending institutions financing the pipeline.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Environmental Racism, Featured, National News, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, FANG Collective, north dakota, Providence Police, Sally Mendzela, TD Bank | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 29, 2016
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza attended an East Side forum on the Community Safety Act, saying that despite some differences, he doesn’t “think it will be a problem getting this done before the end of the year.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Immigration, Inequality, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Video, Youth | Tagged afsc, Community Safety Act, CSA, gang database, ice, jorge elorza, Kevin Jackson, Martha Yager, Providence Police, sam zurier, seth yurdin, Vanessa Flores-Maldonado | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on August 4, 2016
At about midnight, after what he called a “great evening with friends,” Johnson took the RIPTA bus back to his home in South Providence. That’s when he encountered Providence police officer Matthew Sheridan, whom Johnson said roughed him up – pushing him into a police car hard enough to dent it.
By Bob Plain on July 7, 2016
Providence police are reviewing a video that shows an officer punching a woman in the face several times and dragging her down a flight of stairs by either her hair or the nape of her neck. The incident was first reported by NBC10. “We are reviewing it,” said Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare. Police believe the […]
By Bob Plain on July 7, 2016
Providence police try to document every incident when an officer pulls their gun on a suspect, but Clements said some officers don’t. “It’s an area that we constantly struggle with making sure that we document,” he said, noting that it happened at least 500 times in 2015.
By Bob Plain on October 11, 2015
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said the uproar among Providence police officers who took issue with a teenager Dunkin Donuts employee who wrote “#blacklivesmatter” on a cop’s coffee cup is a “very important issue” and pointed out that the community and the officers that serve and protect it are closer than this issue would make it […]
By Bob Plain on October 9, 2015
The recent dust up between the Providence police union and a teenage Dunkin Donuts employee who wrote #blacklivesmatter on a cop’s coffee cup is perhaps the best way the always highly-charged nexus between racial equality and police conduct could have been raised. Too many communities only debate this very critical issue after a white cop […]
By Bob Plain on October 8, 2015
A Providence police officer was arrested this week for texting death threats to a doctor. Last week, the same officer was arrested for threatening his police department bosses. In August, he was charged with possessing a gun with a scratched off serial number. In April, he was disciplined when a picture of him sleeping in […]
By Andrew Stewart on October 6, 2015
In reviewing the basic facts of the case at hand, the behavior of a Providence Police officer and his union in reaction to a Dunkin’ Donuts worker writing #BlackLivesMatter on his coffee cup, it seems useless to level mature critiques against a group behaving so immaturely. The statements of the two, as well as Dunkin’ […]
By Bob Plain on October 6, 2015
Taft Mazotti, president of the Providence police union, and Jim Vincent, executive director of the Providence chapter of the NAACP, have very different opinions on the actions of a 17-year-old black employee of an Atwells Avenue Dunkin Donuts who wrote “#Blacklivesmatter” on a cop’s coffee cup. The police union issued a press release chiding the […]
By Randall Rose on September 11, 2015
Richard Cosentino died in the custody of Providence police on Sunday. The way the police describe his death leaves a lot of doubt. Even from the police’s story, which is pretty much the only version we have, it appears they treated him too harshly, and he didn’t need to die. Like many of those who […]
By Steve Ahlquist on May 3, 2015
Over 500 people joined the Black Lives Matter march in Providence on Saturday. The event, organized by End Police Brutality PVD, was held in solidarity with Baltimore, which has become the new epicenter for change in the ongoing tragedy of police violence against blacks and other people of color.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, National News, Photos, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged black lives matter, DARE, Direct Actions for Rights & Equality, End Police Brutality PVD, Protest, Providence Police | 2 Responses