Last night, there was yet another senseless murder in our
community, and I am deeply troubled by this event and the recent violent crimes
we have seen all across Providence.
I continue to search for answers as to why this is happening
in our City. Understandably, so many feel significant unrest due to all that we
are facing, not just as a city but as a nation. Violent crime is up all over
the country, and pundits and others have given us several different reasons for
this. Still, I am asking our community to work together to support each other
and to be responsive, and if you see something, say something.
We are living in a divisive time, unlike anything I have
seen before. Our community is suffering, and the daily news reports of yet
another person shot, or stabbed, or kidnapped is leaving many in our community
at wit's end. Our residents remain afraid. So many of our residents have felt
trapped in their own homes due to the virus, and now that anxiety has been
compounded by the fear of violent crime. None of us want to live like
I'm asking the community, our elected leaders, and our
community leaders to come together to work to find solutions to the troubles
that we are facing. No one can fix these issues alone. It will take all of us
to do our part. I am pledging my support today to do whatever I can to build
bridges and find solutions.
Lastly, I send my deepest condolences to the friends and
family of Dante Mann, who so tragically lost his life last night.
Pedro J. Espinal
Providence City Council
Councilman – Ward 10
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