Providence poet Christopher Johnson is one of 20 candidates for Poet Laureate of Rhode Island. He is also facing charges of assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct after an encounter last spring with a Providence police officer. Johnson wrote about that encounter earlier this month for Motif Magazine, in an essay called Walking While Black. He spoke to Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman about his case.
Providence Police tell Rhode Island Public Radio that they have nothing to add to what they’ve already said in the media about Christopher Johnson’s arrest. They told RIPR that they can’t comment on an ongoing case, but they did talk to Bob Plain of RI Future.org, where you can read their side of the incident, and see a copy of the police report.