Protest Against Stephen Tocco
The Rhode Island Republican Assembly forwards this notice about a demonstration being held in Smithfield tonight…
There will be a resignation rally on Tuesday 8/7/2007 at 7:00pm @ Smithfield Town Hall (64 Farnum Pike, Route 104).Thomas J. Morgan of the Projo has the details on the former police chief’s (who is now the town council President) direct involvment with corruption…
The purpose is to demand that disgraced former Capitol Police Chief Stephen Tocco resign from the Town Council.
[Jeff Neal, spokesman for Governor Donald Carcieri,] declared on June 7 that Tocco had been “temporarily reassigned” while the governor’s office examined the police chief’s role as a facilitator of bribes in municipal corruption cases in the 1980s and 1990s. The issue arose after a reporter uncovered records in the archives of the U.S. District Court that had lain unnoticed for more than a decade…According to an earlier Thomas Morgan article, however, Smithfield Democrats (including Tocco himself), don’t see what all the fuss is about…
Tocco, according to the transcript of the trial of Garafano, the former Providence public works director, testified under oath that he had negotiated bribes and carried thousands of dollars in bribes on a number of occasions both to Garafano and to Louis S. Simon, then public works director in Pawtucket during the administration of Mayor Brian J. Sarault. Simon and Sarault pleaded guilty and served jail terms. Garafano was convicted and sentenced to prison.
Tocco committed these acts while he was also an officer of the Capitol Police, he testified.
Tocco, who also is president of the Smithfield Town Council, said he intended no change in that position.After all, if we didn’t have people to carry the bribes, how would any business get done in Rhode Island?
“Sure, I’ll remain on the council,” he said. “Why wouldn’t I?”….
When Tocco sought election to the Smithfield Council in 2004, he apparently neglected to mention the skeleton in his closet to Larry Mancini, the chairman of the Democratic Town Committee. “It was never disclosed to me in any capacity,” Mancini said last week. “If it was disclosed to me and to those who participate in the candidate-selection process, I think we would have weighed that in the context of a viable candidate.”
Mancini added, however, “Knowing him as a person and having the ability to assess his qualities in my mind would have outweighed the negativity.