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On Politics
2:00 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Providence Mayor Elorza Says He Was Profiled "Countless Times"

Elorza during a January conference with reporters.
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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said he was racially profiled by police "countless times" as a youth and young man in Rhode Island's capital city.

"It's just part of growing up in the city -- which is very unfortunate and sad," Elorza, a son of Guatemalan immigrants, said Thursday during a taping of Rhode Island Public Radio's Political Roundtable. "I've been pulled over a number of times, so I'm sensitive to that."

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On Politics
2:17 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: On MLK Day, Let's Finally Address Public Employment For Minorities

Scott MacKay says the state needs to increase the number of minorities holding public sector jobs.
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Today is the annual Martin Luther King Jr., holiday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay ponders what we can do to advance King’s legacy in Rhode Island.

The great civil rights leader’s legacy will be celebrated across  Rhode Island today in song, sermon and remembrance.  Voices will echo with the strains of James Weldon Johnson’s `Lift Every Voice and Sing’ and that iconic anthem of the civil rights movement, `We Shall Overcome.’

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RI News
2:17 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

RI ACLU Files Lawsuit Against The Providence Department

ACLU director Steven Brown
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The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is filing a lawsuit against the Providence Police Department.  The ACLU says the department violated the rights of two protesters outside a campaign fundraiser for Gina Raimondo.

Last year Shannah Kurland was arrested for refusing to move during a protest at Roger Williams Park against then-gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo.  Kurland said she was moved so far away from the event, more than 250 feet, that her protest was ineffectual; violating her rights to free speech and public demonstration.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Data: Mental Health Professional Helps Police Handle Crisis Calls

The Warwick Police department will be embedding a mental health professional on its force. The idea is to replicate a program in Providence, and there’s new data about how that program is working.

The Warwick program will be similar to the one in Providence, where a mental health team member rides along with cops to reach out to people in crisis and make an evaluation on the scene when needed. The so-called “community diversion clinician” tries to help people avoid jail when mental health treatment could be the better option.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:58 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Providence Club Owners To Control Violent Patrons

Providence must figure out a way to deal with the violence springing up in Federal Hill and other neighborhoods with clubs.
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Street crime is once again a political topic in Providence. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for nightclub owners to better control their rowdy customers.

Federal Hill is more restaurant theme park than Little Italy these days. While the Providence neighborhood is dear to older generations of Italian-Americans, it is no longer the fulcrum of such revered up-from-poverty Rhode Islanders as former Sen. John Pastore, who grew up there.

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