Providence’s dancing cop says he was fired over protest

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

PODCAST: No “Tony The Dancing Cop” in Providence this Christmas.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence’s famous dancing cop said he was fired Tuesday from directing holiday traffic for organizing a protest last month against a Dunkin’ Donuts worker who wrote “#blacklivesmatter” on another police officer’s coffee cup in Rhode Island. A spokesperson for Mayor Elorza’s office said Tuesday that ‘Providence’s Dancing Cop’, Tony Lepore, was informed that his services will not be continued. “Mr. He said he wanted to see that employee fired. “I just want people out there to support their police department,” Lepore had told WLNE-TV. “I was a policeman for 17 years and I know how tough this job is.” Police Commissioner Steven Pare said Lepore gave the inaccurate impression that he represented the position of the Providence Police Department during the protest and in public statements about it. “Mr. Lepore said he’s upset because the city isn’t taking all of the work he has done for Providence over the years into account, including countless visits to schools. “I feel bad I’m not going to be there anymore,” he said. “But I had a good run.

Lepore, a retired Providence police officer, was known for his acrobats and whistle-blowing while directing traffic on the streets of downtown Providence. Lepore spoke about his removal with WPRO’s Buddy Cianci, along with GoLocalProv’s Kate Nagle, who originally broke the story, on Tuesday afternoon.

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