Senator To Introduce Bill Going After Highway-Blocking Protesters


(Providence, RI)--State Senator Leo Raptakis [[ rap-TACK-iss ]] is planning to re-introduce a bill in the Rhode Island legislature that would make the blocking of a highway a felony after protesters allegedly did just that on Monday.According to reports from The Providence Journal and Boston Herald, the protest on I-95 in Providence was related to changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day.Raptakis last tried to get such a bill passed following a similar incident in 2014 after the police-involved shooting of Michael Brown in St. Louis, according to a report from WJAR-TV.He says he supports the right to protest, but that this type of activity is dangerous to drivers and first responders.

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