Pawtucket delegation supports
mayor’s decision to terminate Dolan

STATE HOUSE – The entire Pawtucket delegation at the Rhode Island General Assembly has voiced support for Mayor Donald Grebien’s decision to terminate Daniel Dolan, the Pawtucket police officer who in 2021, while off duty, shot into a car with three teenagers inside, hitting one of them.

“We stand in strong support of the mayor’s decision to terminate Officer Dolan,” the delegation said in a statement. “The 2021 shooting, along with previous incidents of misconduct, raise serious concerns about Officer Dolan’s fitness to serve our city. Pawtucket residents deserve a police department that operates with the highest standards of professionalism and accountability. Addressing officer misconduct is key to building trust between our police department and the wider community.”

Mayor Grebien announced the decision to terminate Officer Dolan last week after an extensive internal review of his record and past conduct. Officer Dolan will remain on paid leave until the process concludes.

The statement of support was signed by the entire Pawtucket delegation: Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket), Sen. Meghan E. Kallman (D-Dist. 15, Pawtucket, Providence), Sen. Jonathon Acosta (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket), Sen. Robert Britto (D-Dist. 18, East Providence, Pawtucket), Rep. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith (D-Dist. 46, Lincoln, Pawtucket), Rep. Cherie L. Cruz (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket), Rep. Jennifer A. Stewart (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket), Rep. Karen Alzate (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket, Central Falls), Rep. Leonela “Leo” Felix (D-Dist. 61, Pawtucket), Rep. Mary Duffy Messier (D-Dist. 62, Pawtucket), Majority Whip Katherine S. Kazarian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence, Pawtucket) and Rep. Brianna Henries (D-Dist. 64, East Providence, Pawtucket).