‘I have no regrets,’ says Rep. Sanchez after being caught outside of illegal ‘sip joint’

Providence police body-worm camera shows Lt. Charles Vieira speaking with state Rep. Enrique Sanchez, Friday, April 28, 2023. (City of Providence)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — “The people will know I stayed true to myself and didn’t pretend to be someone I wasn’t,” Rhode Island Rep. Enrique Sanchez wrote in part in response to him being caught outside a “sip joint” in April.

“The people will remember that I put our principles above personal gain,” he added. “I have no regrets. Let that be clear.”

Earlier this week, Providence police released body-worn camera that showed a lieutenant criticizing Sanchez on April 28 on Ashmont Street.

“I’m disappointed in you,” Lt. Charles Vieira is heard telling Sanchez. “You’re at a late night three months after a person was murdered, OK? You shouldn’t be here. You should hold yourself to a higher standard and you should be embarrassed.”

Sanchez said he “respects” police and understands they’re doing their job, but questioned how him being outside of the illegal after-hours establishment was “wrong.”

In February, a 25-year-old was shot and killed at an “after-hours drinking” house on Burnside Street.

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