Law and Order

Bud Cicilline and Darlene D'Arezzo on State of the State

State of the State: Mental Health in Law Enforcement

By Darlene D'Arezzo | May 22, 2022 |

Bud Cicilline joins host Darlene D’Arezzo to discuss mental health, particularly as it relates to law enforcement and first responders.

Richard August and Charles Calenda on State of the State

State of the State: The Republican Candidate for Attorney General

By Richard August | February 20, 2022 |

Host Richard August speaks with attorney Charles Calenda, who is seeking election to the AG’s office out of concern for how the office has been run under incumbent Peter Neronha.

American flag behind a barred window

Activists can do harm with sledgehammer ideology, especially when schools hire them as if they’re objective analysts.

By Justin Katz | February 14, 2022 |

Watchers of the mainstream narrative may be a little surprised that there hasn’t been much coverage of an incident on February 1 at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence during which a school resource officer (SRO) was caught on video being aggressive with a student.  These incidents are difficult to judge from video clips, and…

Doctors, Police, and a Trump Impersonator

By John Loughlin | February 6, 2022 |

John Loughlin and his guests discuss cancer, policing, suing the state over vaccine mandates, and what President Trump would think about Rhode Island news and media.

A water drop and ripples

Proclaiming intent to engage in potentially deadly behavior seems pretty relevant.

By Justin Katz | January 26, 2022 |

It’s difficult to argue with this statement from the stepfather of a young woman who died from a fatal hit-and-run accident: “When you say you’re going to do something and you document that you’re going to do it and you’re seen doing it, it can’t be an accident anymore. He murdered Olivia and we want…

Surveillance cameras on a pole

Take the expansion of surveillance cameras into your community to heart.

By Justin Katz | January 25, 2022 |

Ellen Liberman’s article in Rhode Island Monthly about police programs using the Flock Safety system is important and timely for a number of reasons: The “Flock hit” is a reference to the Flock Safety system, a network of time-stamped license plate-reading cameras linked to a vehicle’s make, model, color and distinguishing marks. The image information…

A traffic camera

Here’s what I wonder about East Providence school zone ticket cameras.

By Justin Katz | January 14, 2022 |

For seven weeks, East Providence sent warnings instead of tickets to drivers who went more than 11 miles per hour over the speed limit in school zones.  The system issued 69,528 such warnings, in fact, which works out to about 1,420 per day. The cameras have only been snagging drivers for actual $50 tickets for…

Reporters taking notes

At the intersection of COVID and politics, omissions proliferate.

By Justin Katz | January 13, 2022 |

How does a news organization publish an entire article, by WPRI’s Steph Machado, with associated television news clip, about a tug-of-war between the mayor of Providence and the city council over vaccine mandates for police and not mention crime in the city? The deadline is Friday for all city workers to get at least one…

Heritage chart of federal crimes and federal prisoners

Living is becoming a crime, while crime is becoming simply living.

By Justin Katz | January 10, 2022 |

Law and order is shifting in the United States.  On one hand, it seems as if our justice system is increasingly reluctant to hold criminals accountable, with sometimes tragic outcomes like the recent death of an East Greenwich teen in a car crash.  Increasing assaults on college students in Rhode Island’s capital city raise no…

A man with his head in a box

Calenda exposes the problem when the media decides it doesn’t have to cover points of view.

By Justin Katz | January 4, 2022 |

One of the bigger local stories in Rhode Island, right now, is the (alleged) killing of an East Greenwich teen by a long-rap-sheet thug who shared beforehand his intention to drive while intoxicated, albeit with his mind on harming himself rather than others.  The story is heartbreaking on multiple fronts, but for this post, let’s…