No xenophobic "cop" dancing down our main street

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Dear South Kingstown Firefighter’s Relief Association


Thank you for giving our community the opportunity to honor our local heroes with the South Kingstown Firefighter’s Memorial Parade. We are grateful for the hard work and sacrifice of our South Kingstown Volunteer Firefighter Districts.


We ask that you remove Tony LePore, “The Dancing Cop”, from this year’s South Kingstown Firefighter’s Memorial Parade. Mr. LePore has gained local and national attention for his controversial, combative and racist public statements; his actions do not represent the values of the South Kingstown community nor do they reflect the bravery of our firefighters.


Be assured, South Kingstown would not be the first to remove Mr. LePore from public functions. Due to his controversy, other municipalities, including Providence and East Providence, have decided not to employ Mr. LePore. We’ve included three articles--two local, one national--that describe Mr. LePore’s reputation, in case the additional reading is helpful for your understanding of the situation. We have also included an article from the American Psychological Association about racial trauma.


We hope you agree that it is not appropriate for a person with Mr. LePore’s history and reputation to dance down our Main Street alongside our local true heroes, our own volunteer fire fighters.

 

 

"‘Dancing Cop’ disinvited from second Rhode Island city after flak over his stance against Black Lives Matter"

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/dancing-disinvited-city-blm-flak-article-1.2452244

“RI’s Fired Dancing Cop Finds Himself at the Intersection of Race Debate”

https://patch.com/rhode-island/woonsocket/ris-fired-dancing-cop-finds-himself-intersection-race-debate-0

“Dancing Cop’s White Christmas Dreams Dashed in East Providence” 

http://www.rifuture.org/dancing-cops-white-christmas-dreams-dashed-in-east-providence/

"Racial Trauma is Real: The Impact of Police Shootings on African Americans"

https://psychologybenefits.org/2016/07/14/racial-trauma-police-shootings-on-african-americans/

 



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