video: RI State Police’s Assumpico Criticizes 38 Studios Investigation

Thursday, March 09, 2017


Days after the Rhode Island State Police (RISP) released documents pertaining to the criminal investigation into 38 Studios, State Police Superintendent Ann Assumpico blasted what she found to be the significant shortcomings in the investigation conducted under then-Supertendent Steve O' Donnell.

Assumpico's statements came after the RISP called a hastily scheduled news conference Wednesday afternoon, giving press just over an hour to convene at the Rhode Island State House.  

Assumpico on the Record

"I’ve tried not to comment as I wasn’t the Colonel back then," said Assumpico on Wednesday. "I have to be honest, I don’t know much more about the investigation than anyone...I've only seen what the rest of you have seen. I know you have questions, and so do I. Trying to get answers is hard, as I don’t know the scope of the investigation."

"There are questions to why we released some of the General Assembly interviews," continued Assumpico. "I learned we initially we taped and transcribed interviews — but at some point interviewers were told taping interviews was not necessary. Instead, they summarized interviews in a statement that was released.  We have no further records of those interviews."

During her statement with the press, Assumpico spoke to said what were common inquiries into the investigation.

"Why certain individuals were not interviewed — Fox, Corso, Murphy — it’s my understanding there were individuals [who] delcined to be interviewed and it's their legal right to do so," said Assumpico.

Assumpico noted that while she acknowledged the shortalls mentioned, that the RISP stood by the decision that no criminal misconduct took place.


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