Dominic Vincent, the young man who was shot by an off-duty Pawtucket police officer in 2021, is calling for the repeal or reform of Rhode Island’s Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights. Vincent provided written testimony ahead of a hearing on proposals to change the law, stating that he had been affected “to an unimaginable degree” by police use-of-force. Vincent was shot by Officer Dan Dolan in 2021 and did not understand that Dolan was a real police officer when he fired a shot into Vincent’s car. Dolan, who claimed self-defense, was acquitted by a jury, and the Pawtucket Police Department wants to fire him but must go through a hearing process set out in LEOBOR. Vincent’s mother testified in person and explained that her son had delayed entering college to recover from the shooting. Two reform bills and a third bill to repeal the law entirely were heard at the hearing. The leaders of both the House and Senate have expressed support for reforming LEOBOR, rather than repealing it completely.

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