This is a federal lawsuit against the Providence Police Department for violating the "clearly established" free speech rights of two protesters at a fundraiser in Roger Williams Park for then-Gubernatorial candidate, and now Governor, Gina Raimondo. The suit alleges that the police department's actions amounted to a "willful" violation of the "constitutionally protected right of people to peaceably assemble and demonstrate in public parks," and seeks various court imposted remedies, including monetary damages. The suit notes that only six months earlier in another ACLU case, a federal judge condemned the Providence police department's practice of "clearing vast public spaces" of people engaged in free speech activity without legal cause. Current Status: Lawsuit filed in December 2014.



Richard A. Sinapi

Date filed

December 8, 2014