Providence city officials, families of victims, to hold press conference regarding bail policies
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Providence city officials and families of victims will held a press conference to address Superior Court bail policies on Tuesday morning.
Mayor Jorge Elorza and Commissioner Steven Paré were joined by families of two homicide victims at the Providence Public Safety Complex at 11 a.m.
The group spoke about recent Superior Court judgements that let violent offenders be released on bail.
“Releasing someone on a capital offense and setting bail sends the wrong message to both our community and the families of these victims,” Paré said.
The suspects in both murders were both held on bail at first, but then eventually were allowed bail and placed on house arrest.
Michelle McNair, who’s 25-year-old son Tyreik Grundy was shot by 31-year-old Quelon Page last May, spoke about Page being allowed bail.
“When that monster Page got bail, it was like a slap in the face, like the judge said my baby didn’t matter. And my baby matters,” McNair said during the press conference.
Andrei Bonilla, 23 was shot by 21-year-old Andrew Mangru last August, while sitting in his car.
Bonilla’s family spoke about Mangru being granted bail.
“I don’t want to say that he got away with murder, but it does feel like that,” said his father, Andy.
His mother, Veronica Martinez, feels like justice isn’t being served.
“Justice is supposed to provide solace to the victim’s family, a sense of closure, that’s not what we’re experiencing here. This has left us with frustration and further grief,” said Martinez.
Both Paré and Elorza hope to see change in the city’s justice system, but acknowledge that the rulings cannot be overturned.
Both families are hoping that other families won’t have to face the same injustices.