I am calling on Mayor Elorza and Commissioner Paré to let
the police enforce the laws around the illegal use of ATVs and dirt bikes.
These laws are in place to protect Providence citizens from these nuisance
vehicles, and we need to take action now.
The unrest that many are feeling is palpable, but the
violent protesting is not helping our community. It is only causing further
divides. If we are to come together as a City and fix the issues at hand, we
must do so peacefully and safely. The Black Lives Matter movement has shown us
that peaceful protest works and can affect change. We are seeing in our streets
is not peaceful, and I commend our police department for their steadfast
courage and bravery as they have been taunted, jeered, and even had bottles
thrown at them over these past several nights.
I would like to remind both the Mayor and the Commissioner
that they took an oath to protect the citizens of Providence, and I would call
on them to once again come out and support our police department and work to
bring order back to our City.
Again. last night, there was another murder in Providence.
Our residents are living in fear of leaving their homes because of this spike
in violent crime. The majority of the residents of Providence want our police
to serve and protect. When they are called away because of violent protesting,
they are being taken away from individuals who are in need of help. I have the
utmost respect for individuals who utilize their First Amendment right to
protest peacefully and encourage it. That said, the violence that is erupting
in our City is alarming, and we need to support our police department to
protect our communities and keep them safe.
As a City Councilman and a lifelong citizen of Providence, I
can’t recall a time when our City has felt so unsafe. I have heard from
countless members of my community who are hardworking taxpayers, and their
message has been consistent: We want our City back!
Mayor Elorza and Commissioner Paré, we must take action
immediately and listen to our residents. This fear and animosity we are
witnessing will only go to make things worse unless we act today.
Nicholas J. Narducci Jr., Senior Deputy Majority Leader
Providence City Council
Councilman - Ward 4
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