Providence RI, June 18 2020… At tonight’s City Council
meeting, Councilman David A. Salvatore (Ward 14) will put forth two resolutions
regarding police reform in light of tragic events that have taken place across
The first resolution requests that the Providence Retirement
Board review the rules and regulations surrounding police officer pensions, and
specifically how the City of Providence handles pension benefits for police
officers who have been disciplined for the use of excessive force.
“It is not right for any officer who has been disciplined
for the use of excessive force to continue receiving compensation or pension
benefits,” stated Councilman David Salvatore. “I am asking the Retirement Board
to review this process and make recommendations to the City Council, as I
believe it is a critical step towards rebuilding trust between residents and
their local law enforcement in our City.”
The second resolution urges the Rhode Island General
Assembly to enact legislation imposing a duty to intervene on all Rhode Island
law enforcement officers who witness misconduct by a fellow officer.
“Three additional police officers watched as George Floyd
was killed by another officer. This behavior is unacceptable. In the State of
Rhode Island, we must demand that our police officers stand by their oath to
serve and protect our citizens, and an important part of this is intervening
when a fellow officer is behaving inappropriately. This could have saved the
lives of Mr. Floyd and others,” added Councilman Salvatore.
Both of these resolutions have been co-sponsored by
Councilman Pedro Espinal (Ward 10), Councilwoman Nirva LaFortune (Ward 3),
Councilwoman Helen Anthony (Ward 2) and Councilwoman Rachel Miller (Ward 13).
Additionally, the second resolution is also co-sponsored by Councilman John
Igliozzi (Ward 7).
For more information, visit the City Council website: council.providenceri.gov