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Providence City Councilmember Igliozzi a target of ‘intimidation’

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I know the vandals that committed these acts are not representative of the community who has come before the City Council and asked for reform from the police department.


Providence City Councilmember John Igliozzi (Ward 7) issued a press release Sunday afternoon detailing “intimidation and violence demanding that I defund and abolish the Providence Police Department” outside his Providence home.

“This individual(s) graffitied my property and also spiked the tires of both my son’s and my car,” wrote Igliozzi in his release. “While the graffiti can be washed away, the spikes embedded in our tires could’ve caused serious bodily harm, or even worse.

“This was not a political statement adherent to the spirit of our first amendment. This was an act of intimidation and censure by threat.”

You can read Councilmember Igliozzi’s entire statement here.

Shortly after Igliozzi issued his statement, ten other members of the Providence City Council issued a joint statement condemning the “actions that transpired at Councilman Igliozzi’s home over the weekend” adding that they “hope that whoever is responsible is held accountable.”


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“I know the vandals that committed these acts are not representative of the community who has come before the City Council and asked for reform from the police department,” concluded Igliozzi in his statement. “I will continue to listen and learn from these and other members of our community, and work to help initiate positive reforms that will continue to make the Providence Police Department the best department in the nation.”

All photos in this piece are from Igliozzi’s release.


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Steve Ahlquist is a frontline reporter in Rhode Island. He has covered human rights, social justice, progressive politics and environmental news for nearly a decade. atomicsteve@gmail.com