BLM RI PAC: Providence police officer set to resign after assault at RI State House
Saturday, June 25, 2022
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The Black Lives Matter Rhode Island Political Action Committee (BLM RI PAC) is calling on the Providence police officer who was suspended following an assault at Friday’s State House rally to resign.
The event – held to support women’s reproductive rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade – attracted thousands of people.
On Saturday morning, Providence police announced that an officer had been suspended following an assault – and on Saturday afternoon, police identified the officer as Jeann Lugo.
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Lugo, who had identified himself as a Republican candidate for the state Senate, deleted his Twitter page following the incident.
BLM RI PAC Statement
“BLM RI PAC condemns the actions of Providence police officer and Republican political candidate Jeann Lugo as he assaulted his opponent Jennifer Rourke at the State House, where she was protesting the overturning of Roe v. Wade As a result, he was placed in administration paid off as a criminal investigation unfolds.
Due to continued and unheard-of advocacy by community activists and protesters on the issue of police reform, our taxpayers’ money is going to a man who punched his own political opponent in the face while standing up for human rights fundamental to his body. Without intervention, it will set a dangerous precedent for off-duty officers who can assault citizens at will with little or no accountability.
This is not the first case of police misconduct made possible by the inaction of state leaders on police reform.
Over the past year and a half, community organizations such as the NAACP and AFL-CIO, activists and a wide range of elected officials, including Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, have advocated for the repeal of LEOBR, allowing for increased accountability for police misconduct.
Despite this, the General Assembly ended its session yesterday without any legislative action being taken on the matter. Thus, Constable Lugo’s actions are a direct result of the irresponsibility of House and Senate leaders in neglecting to address police misconduct through the repeal of the LEOBR.
We will continue to follow the investigation closely as we hope for transparency in this ongoing process. BLM RI PAC is calling on Officer Lugo to not only resign from his position with the Providence Police Department, but to permanently suspend his political campaign for State Senate.”