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The Report of Rhode Island Select Commission on Race and Police-Community Relations: Executive Summary
May 2001

The Rhode Island Select Commission on Race and Police-Community Relations was formed in response to the death of Cornel Young, Jr., an off-duty Providence police officer of color shot by fellow officers responding to a disturbance at Fidas Restaurant on January 28, 2000. The aftermath of the tragedy highlighted numerous areas of concern in race relations and the relationship between the police and the community served, not only for Providence, also for communities large and small throughout the state.

Over the thirteen months of the Select Commission's existence, information was gathered through myriad sources: seventeen public hearings, small group and constituent hearings, research, policy collections, national and international best practices and site visits, and testimony from experts in the field. Community organizations, individuals, and other Commissions such as the Providence Blue Ribbon Commission which has a similar citywide charge) were contacted and-shared experiences and data with Commissioners and staff.

In a Progress Report released in January of 2001, the Commission made two initial recommendations regarding accreditation, unified criminal justice training and a certifying and expanded role and purview for the existing Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission. These recommendations, supported by legislation introduced in this legislative session, set in motion the means to provide the infrastructure and mechanisms necessary for the more complete recommendations in this Report.

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