The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has taken up the case of former Providence Phoenix news editor Phil Eil, suing the US Drug Enforcement Administration to try to gain the release of thousands of pages of court documents in a major drug-prescription trial.
The ACLU said Eil has been stymied for more than three years in trying to obtain the documents.
President of the NAACP Providence branch Jim Vincent joins the Political Roundtable this week. Vincent weighs in on the recent sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox, and the team's possible move to Providence. He also discusses the resignation of Rhode Island Health Department head Michael Fine and the American Civil Liberties Union report on racial disparities in Rhode Island's schools and prison system.
Hear more of our conversation with Jim Vincent in our Bonus Q&A.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is accusing the Department of Motor Vehicles of sharing personal information with a federal anti-terrorism database.
The ACLU says a document that appears to be leaked from the National Counter Terrorism Center shows Rhode Island is one of 15 states that shared driver’s license data with the organization. In 2013 the center collected more than 2,400 facial images from driver’s licenses from across the country.
Dozens of people gathered in Providence Wednesday to protest a proposed constitutional convention in Rhode Island. The debate whether to hold this convention comes up every 10 years.
The constitutional convention gives Rhode Island voters an opportunity to change their state constitution. Delegates outside the general assembly are chosen to represent districts across the state in a meeting to draft referenda that will appear at state-wide elections.
Rhode Island state police have a new weapon in their war on crime.
Rhode Island state police have purchased Tasers for all troopers and are training them in their proper use.
State police commander Colonel Steven O’Donnell said the aim is to prevent the use of firearms where possible.
"The feedback is great. It’s another tool to protect them and to protect other people. And they’re a great tool on the street. People know what a taser does so when you deploy a taser you get a lot more compliance instead of just verbal commands," said O'Donnell.
The Senate Education Committee votes Wednesday on legislation allowing schools to hold events like father-daughter dances. Cranston’s school committee asked lawmakers to draft the bill after a complaint last year shut down its father-daughter dance.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has won a First Amendment case against the city of Providence. A federal judge has found the city violated a woman’s free speech rights when they tried to prevent her from leafleting a political event.