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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
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR FILE

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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RI News
1:46 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

State Police Find No Use of Excessive Force During Recent Protest

State police say minimal and appropriate force was used when arresting a protester in Providence last week.  The Providence NAACP called for an investigation.

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RI News
11:37 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Rally In Providence Will Focus On Police Violence In Ferguson and Mexico

Protestors will gather in downtown Providence Monday night to put a spotlight on violent police actions against people of color. A loose coalition of residents is organizing the march to express solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri and 43 students missing in Mexico.

Ferguson is where a white police officer shot and killed a black 18-year-old. In Mexico, 43 students disappeared. It’s alleged they were killed by a drug gang working with local police.

The march starts at 7:00 pm in Burnside Park in downtown Providence and will make its way up to the Statehouse.

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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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Providence
9:11 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Providence Police Chief On RI Capital's Recent Spate Of Violence

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements
Credit RIPR FILE

There have been a series of recent media reports about shootings and other violent incidents in Providence. The issue has also become part of the debate in race to choose a new Providence mayor. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements joins us now to discuss what police are doing to address the violence and what may be behind it. Clements spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison.

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RI News
4:39 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist Of RI State Police To Head Cranston Police Department

Michael Winquist at Cranston City Council.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Winquist, of the Rhode Island State Police, has been announced as Cranston’s new police chief.  The appointment comes following a difficult period for the department.

Winquist steps into the position following the retirement of former chief Marco Palombo Jr. Palombo left in the midst of a scandal during which police officers ticketed cars in wards of city councilors who voted against a police contract. The search for his successor also drew controversy, with some groups claiming that the search criteria effectively ruled out candidates of color.

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Providence
8:54 am
Wed August 13, 2014

New Ordinance Cracks Down On Providence Strip Clubs

The city of Providence has adopted a new “one-strike” policy for strip clubs. The new ordinance is aimed at cracking down on prostitution.

The Providence City council approved the ordinance after pushback from the Mayor’s office and the police department over an incident at Cheaters Gentlemen’s club last year.  Police found a fourteen year old girl working at the club, and soliciting for sex.  The city’s board of licenses gave Cheaters a five-thousand dollar fine, and suspended their license for 45-days.  But critics said that was little more than a slap on the wrist.

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Local Features
3:24 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Stolen Tugboat Submerged, Stranded Off Sabin Point

East Providence authorities were called just after midnight on Monday when a tugboat in distress was spotted off Sabin Point. The boat had been reported stolen and was partially submerged when the search for anyone involved began. Sgt. Kenneth Luke says police in East Providence are still investigating the incident.

"D.E.M., the Harbor Patrol, and everybody else came in and did their investigation. Our V.C.I. unit went out and looked for evidence and prints. Other than that we're still investigating."

RI News
2:06 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Narragansett Town Officials React To URI Student Riot

Narragansett Town Manager Pamela Nolan says that an off-campus party attended by 800 to 1,000 University of Rhode Island students over the past weekend turned into a riot. Beer bottles were thrown and property was destroyed on Greene Lane where the riot took place. Nolan says that although the town residents were upset over the incident, it was out of the ordinary.

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RI Higher Education
8:34 am
Tue April 15, 2014

University Of Rhode Island First State Institution To Arm Campus Police

The University of Rhode Island's sprawling North Kingston campus.
Credit RIPR FILE

The University of Rhode Island announced today it will arm its on-campus police force with guns.  It's the only public higher education institution in the state to do so.

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