RI rep. seeks more transparency from Brown police


Rhode Island lawmakers are set to vote on a bill that would require Brown University police to be more transparent in reporting crime.

The House of Representatives has scheduled a floor vote Wednesday on the bill sponsored by state Rep. John Carnevale.

The Providence Democrat says the bill aims to force Brown, which has its own special police force, to release more information about incidents on campus.

He tells The Providence Journal that a loophole in state law allows private institutions with special police forces to circumvent public records reporting requirements.

State police and the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union support the bill.

Brown is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island. The organization says the bill serves no public purpose and intrudes on privacy.

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