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.

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. — Providence’s famous dancing cop says he has been fired from directing holiday traffic for organizing a protest over the appearance of a “#blacklivesmatter” hashtag on another police officer’s coffee cup at a Federal Hill Dunkin’ Donuts. Lepore was not authorized to speak on behalf of the Providence Police Department and his actions were, in my judgement, a disservice to the Department and to members of the Providence Community.” Last month, Lepore led a protest outside of the Providence Dunkin’ Donuts where one employee wrote ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ on a coffee cup, before handing it to an officer.

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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