Governor Raimondo meets with Black Lives Matter group


PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Just hours away from protests planned at the State House Friday, Governor Raimondo met with members of Rhode Island’s official Black Lives Matter group to discuss racial justice.

Governor Raimondo said this week’s violence and vandalism distract from the important work of recognizing and fighting racism.

She said white Americans must listen with humility to the experiences Black Americans have with individual and systemic racism.

Brother Gary Dantzler of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island said he appreciates being heard, adding that bad police officers do not reflect on all of law enforcement.

But Governor Raimondo says she is willing to review law enforcement policies, including protections for officers, body cameras, and more diversity in hiring.

“Get it to my desk,” she said. “It’s time for change. So let’s review it, and let’s make it better.”

“I knew in my heart that some good was going to come out of it, so I prayed and I made sure that there’s no negative thoughts about the impact that we’re going to make one day,” Dantzler said.

The governor urged Friday’s protesters to remain peaceful, to keep the conversation focused on those racial justice goals.

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