Federal court to close early for officer’s wake

by News Staff


The Associated Press

The U.S. District Court in Providence will close early Friday so that staffers can attend the wake of a court security officer who was struck and killed by a RIPTA bus last week.

Frank McKnight was on duty and in a crosswalk when he was hit by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus.

McKnight’s wake will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in North Kingstown, where he lived and where he was a police officer for 27 years.

His funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

Chief Judge William Smith decided the court would close at 1 p.m. Friday.

Smith said after McKnight’s death that he was concerned about pedestrian safety near the courthouse.

He met with Providence officials, including the mayor and public safety commissioner, last week.

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