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ACLU: Protests Outside Sex Offender's Home Violate the Law

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    Neighbors Protest Outside Convicted Child Rapist's Home

    Residents in Providence, Rhode Island converged Wednesday night outside the home of Richard Gardner, a convicted child rapist who was recently released from jail.

    (Published Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018)

    The American Civil Liberties Union says protests outside a convicted child rapist's Providence home violate a city ordinance.

    Steven Brown, the executive director of the ACLU Rhode Island, said in a letter to Mayor Jorge Elorza that loud protests outside of Richard Gardner's home "violate a city ordinance that bans targeted residential picketing." Brown also criticized Elorza for encouraging the "raucous protests."

    Elorza had previously said that Gardner's crimes were "absolutely heinous" and that he had "given up his right" to live in the community.

    The ACLU has argued that Gardner is allowed to live in Providence.

    White Official Tells Black Woman He Belonged to Master Race

    [NATL] White Official Tells Black Woman He Belonged to Master Race

    Some Leavenworth County, Kansas, officials are calling for Commissioner Louis Klemp's resignation after he insulted a black woman who had just presented a land-use study to the commission. "I don't want you to think I am picking on you because we are part of the master race. You have a gap in your teeth. We are part of the master race, don't you forget that," Klemp said. 

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    Gardner was released from prison in 2016. He was convicted of multiple child rapes in the 1980s and early 1990s in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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