Rhode Island State Police and a number of organizations are holding a public forum Monday to discuss the gap between law enforcement and minority communities.
Col. Steven O’Donnell said it’s a chance for law enforcement to explain how they do their job and in return residents can reflect on how police are perceived. “There’s so much that we do that people really don’t know, and I think it’s important that they know what we’re doing. We’re not always going to be perfect, but if we engage that community there’s a better understanding of how we do business,” said O’Donnell.
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.
Are Rhode Island gun laws tough enough? What’s happening with the 38 Studios investigation? And how about the Mafia – have years of aggressive law enforcement brought them to their knees? Those are some of the questions we put to the head of the state police on this week’s Political Roundtable, hosted by Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic.