NEW: Prov. Police Union to Picket Taveras at Gubernatorial Debate

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


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The Providence FOP is planning to picket Taveras at debate on Tuesday.

The Providence Fraternal Order of Police will picket Providence Mayor Angel Taveras at the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday night at the Providence Performing Arts Center, citing "numerous examples of the Mayor's broken promises and disingenuous behavior to taxpayers and members of the Police Department."

"First are the several lawsuits involving the City of Providence.  Specifically, Mayor Taveras is using blatant stall tactics to put off dealing with the important legal issues until after the Democratic primary and in turn, after the Governor's race," said Taft Manzotti, President of Providence FOP #3.  "For example, the FOP was forced to file a federal lawsuit in order to halt and correct the City's unlawful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act in how it purposely miscalculates certain wage payments to members of the Police Department, instead of the city simply agreeing to remedy the violation to avoid costly litigation."

Manzotti continued, "An even more blatant illustration of the Mayor's avoidance tactic was the City's filing of an emergency motion for protective order in the lawsuit it brought against Buck Consultants that would allow Taveras to hold off on answering key questions under oath, until after the primary, in the ongoing legal battle over pension savings errors."

"Promises" Questioned

"Next are Taveras' failed promises," said Manzotti, saying they range from "his many delays in hiring badly-needed new Police Officers for the heavily understaffed Police Department; his delays in acquiring new and updated police vehicles and equipment for the dilapidated police vehicle fleet; to his attempts to use City taxpayer funds to pay the fees owed the City by special interest groups for their privately held festivals, such as the Dominican Festival."

"Is the Mayor really acting in the best interest of the people of the City of Providence when he seeks to delay, avoid, and postpone critical legal and financial matters?" asked Manzotti, who said that FOP members "feel the answer is pretty obvious."


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