Well-Known Providence Cop Fired For Protesting Black Lives Matter

In October, Providence police threw a massive temper tantrum after #BlackLivesMatter was written on an officer’s Dunkin Donuts coffee cop. It got so bad that now one of their cops has been fired for his overreaction.

After receiving the simple message on the coffee cop, instead of acknowledging that yes, black lives do in fact matter, the officers took to social media to cry about how awful it is to be reminded that black people are human beings with value just like them.

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Following the post, the Providence Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #3, who represents both active and retired Providence police officers, held an emergency meeting over the offending styrofoam cup to make a mountain out of a mole hill, and released a statement saying:

“Providence FOP #3 finds this action to be unacceptable and discouraging. Members of this Union, who represent active and retired Providence Police officers adamantly, believe that ‘all lives matter’. … The negativity displayed by the #Blacklivesmatter organization towards Police across this nation is creating a hostile environment that is not resolving any problems or issues, but making it worse for our communities.”

In the Rhode Island city, Officer Tony Lepore, 68, was beloved and known as the “dancing cop.” He retired from the department in 1989, but would return to the uniform every winter to direct traffic while dancing during the holiday season.

On Tuesday, Lepore was fired for aiming to represent the department while organizing a protest against the Black Lives Matter movement and calling for a boycott of Dunkin Donuts.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré said in a statement:

“Recent statements made by Mr. Lepore gave the inaccurate impression that he represented the position of the Providence Police Department. Mr. Lepore was not authorized to speak on behalf of the Providence Police Department and his actions were, in my judgement, a disservice to the Department and to members of the Providence Community.”

The Officer his responded to his firing by blaming “political puppets.” He wrote:

“They degraded all the work I did for the street cops, and the work I did for the city for 30 years. They said it didn’t matter. Some people are political puppets. They don’t care about the men in the street.”

The lesson here? Do not try to come between cops and Dunkin Donuts.

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