Demands Range From Defunding To Abolishing Police In Providence


(Providence, RI)--Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare [[ parry ]] said at a Providence City Council meeting last night that abolishing the city's police department would cause chaos and lawlessness.Pare made that statement during the council's Finance Committee meeting featuring on the agenda, a discussion of requests to "defund" the police department, a common refrain that has gone up across the country following the death of George Floyd while being arrested by police in Minneapolis.There were calls to both defund and disband the police at a rally in Burnside Park near City Hall before the meeting.Meanwhile at the State House, Senate President Dom Ruggerio announced on Wednesday that a committee led by Senator Harold Metts will review the state's Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights.


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