ACLU: “Police, Troopers Put Public at Risk” in I-95 Shooting, After Law Enforcement Cleared by Jury

Saturday, February 03, 2018


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Steve Brown, RI ACLU

The RI ACLU said Friday that "many questions and concerns remain" following the grand jury finding of the fatal shooting of Joseph Santos.  

Read Grand Jury Finding HERE

ACLU of RI executive director Steven Brown issued the following statement today in response to the grand jury finding that police officers and State troopers acted lawfully in the fatal shooting of Joseph Santos last November:

ACLU statement:

“While the grand jury’s decision is not surprising, it would be wrong to consider this the end of the matter. Even if the fatal shooting of Mr. Santos was legally justified, many questions and concerns remain.

Providence police and State troopers put the public at great risk by engaging in an unnecessarily dangerous high-speed chase, and then opening fire on a busy highway after Santos’ vehicle was largely immobilized. 

As our preliminary analysis of this shooting highlighted over two months ago, this tragic incident calls for a serious examination by these agencies of their practices and protocols. We are hopeful that they will soon apprise the public of actions they have taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.”


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