Pare, Taveras to tread lightly on Occupy Providence
In case you were wondering why Providence city government is tiptoeing around the Occupy Providence tent city that has taken over Burnside Park downtown, we take you back to the events of 2003 at the Narragansett Indian tribe’s reservation in Charlestown.
The head of the state police at the time was Steven Pare. The governor was on conservative Republican Don Carcieri. Carcieri order a state police raid of the Narragansett’s smoke shop, which was selling cigarettes without paying the required Rhode Island tax.
A meelee broke out when the state police raided the reservation to shutter the smoke shop. The television footage of the event was broadcast around the country and the Rhode Island state police didn’t look very good tackling members of the tribe.
Carcieri made the decision to invade the reservation. But when the media heat got too hot, the governor made Pare the fall guy. Pare was unceremoniously tossed under the bus, despite his otherwise stellar performance as state police superintendant.
Now, Pare is Providence public safety commissioner. Before sending the police in to uproot the Occupy Providence settlement, you can be assured that Pare and Mayor Angel Taveras, and City Solicitor Jeff Padwa will make sure the occupiers are given all due process and legal rights. Pare isn’t going to relive the Narragansett raid.