Providence City Councilor’s petition seeks to overturn Officer’s Bill of Rights

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)– A Providence city councilor has started an online petition seeking to overturn the Officer’s Bill of Rights.

The move comes as a surge of activists across the country are placing greater scrutiny on police protocols and protections they say make it difficult to remove bad actors from the force.

Councilman John Igliozzi started the petition, which calls on Gov. Gina Raimondo and the state’s General Assembly to repeal the Officer’s Bill of Rights. He believes making it easier to remove some officers would improve relations between police and the communities they patrol.

“The action we chose to do was, let’s get an online petition going and let’s get people’s voices heard on repealing this 1976 state statue that might have had a purpose back then but clearly is outdated today,” Igliozzi said. “And all it’s doing is protecting bad actors in the police department at expense of the good ones.”

Rhode Island is one of 12 states that have a police officers’ bill of rights.

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