“I wish the Mayor would spend more time collaborating and
resolving to address this issue of rampant violence in our City in partnership
with the City Council rather than taking such a prideful contrarian stance.
When a shooting occurred on Dorchester Avenue, just a
stone’s throw away from both of our homes just five days ago, I reached out to
the Mayor and asked him how we could work together to address this issue
plaguing every corner of our City. I have yet to receive a response.
His tone-deafness on the issue of violence is alarming and
concerning. His quip of not being able to have it “both ways” (referring to a
police academy and reinvestment) is a fallacy, simplistic, divisive, and
It is possible to both support a new academy to maintain a
healthy number of police officers to replace those at-risk of retiring or
leaving, while also diverting funds into initiatives and programs that better
serve the needs of the community. Furthermore, it’s through new academies that
we are able to diversify the department to better reflect the demographics of
I stand by my statement that we as a Council cannot pass a
status quo police budget and that investments need to be made wisely and guided
by the principles of preservation of public safety and community empowerment.
Now is not the time to pick a fight, Mayor. Please call me
back and let’s talk about solutions.”
President-Providence City Council
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