Statement Regarding Friday’s Shooting on Douglas Avenue:
I want to thank the Providence Police Department, especially the officer that was shot in the line of duty, for their dedication and bravery. They handled Friday’s shooting with professionalism, and that should be commended.
However, this event should have never happened. It is disturbing to my neighbors and me that the accused young man, who was out on bail from another weapons charge, was able to access a firearm. If he was alleged to be dangerous – why was he released on bond? If someone has a track record of being a violent offender, which this young man is alleged to have, why was he released? And at the very least, why was he not released on home confinement and monitored? These questions need to be answered. This is another occasion where our court system has failed us again.
I encourage our State leaders to look into stronger penalties when it comes to weapons charges. We need to act now.
Nicholas J. Narducci Jr., Senior Deputy Majority Leader – Providence City Council – Councilman, Ward 4