Pawtucket delegation backs Grebien’s move to fire Daniel Dolan

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — The Pawtucket delegation at the State House are supporting Mayor Don Grebien’s move to fire Daniel Dolan — the off-duty officer who was acquitted of shooting a teenager in 2021.

“We stand in strong support of the mayor’s decision to terminate Officer Dolan,” the delegation wrote in a statement Tuesday. “The 2021 shooting, along with previous incidents of misconduct, raise serious concerns about Officer Dolan’s fitness to serve our city.”

They continued to say that Pawtucket residents “deserve a police department that operates with the highest standards of professionalism and accountability.”

On Feb. 16, Grebien said he decided fire Dolan because the city will not “allow or enable behavior that jeopardizes our ability to protect the community we serve and protect.”

Last month, Dolan, 38, was found not guilty of four criminal charges, including assault with a deadly weapon.

In June 2021, the 38-year-old was arrested after police said he shot at a car with three teenagers inside, injuring one of them.

According to court documents, Dolan, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, followed 18-year-old Vincent Greco into a West Greenwich parking lot, claiming it was because the teen was speeding.

Surveillance footage showed that the teenager’s car pulled into the parking lot of Wicked Good Pizza on Nooseneck Hill Road before Dolan’s car pulled up next to it.

He was then seen getting out of his truck and approaching Greco’s car, which backs out of the lot and off camera.

Police said Dolan then proceeded to open fire.

Grebien said Pawtucket police moved forward with the disciplinary actions as the “statutory provisions allow.”

Tuesday, the Pawtucket delegation said Dolan remains on paid leave until the process concludes.

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