Providence’s Dancing Cop Says He Was Fired Over Protest

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Providence will no longer use its ‘Dancing Cop’.

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. Lepore stated he met with cops officers officers Tues., where he was told in that community groups have been upset concerning the protest & he would not be rehired. The 68-year-old retired from the Providence Police officers Department in 1989 & was then hired by the city to direct downtown traffic each one holiday season.

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.

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