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Attorney to be Hired to Fight Mayor's Court Challenge
The recent veto by Mayor David Cicilline to scrap reform of the Providence External Review Authority, the civilian review board created by the Providence City Council to investigate complaints against the police, will likely be overridden at a special meeting of the council this Thursday, according to City Council Majority Leader Terrence M. Hassett.
Mayor/City Solicitor act to stymie reform through lawsuit and veto
Following the City Council’s successful passage of legislation enacting substantial reforms of Providence’s board responsible for civilian oversight of the Police Department (Providence External Review Authority or PERA), the City Solicitor on Friday filed a civil lawsuit in Superior Court challenging the structure of the original 2002 ordinance, which created PERA. Today, Mayor David N. Cicilline vetoed the new PERA ordinance, which the Council passed 10 days ago.
Ordinance addresses problems that have stymied the civilian oversight board
The City Council voted on January 21st to approve a substantial amendment to the Providence External Review Authority (PERA) ordinance; it was the second and final vote necessary to adopt the legislation.