“The charge is a direct result of the totality of the circumstances surrounding the incident in question”
Last month, we brought you the story of Joshua Miller, the Democrat state senator from Rhode Island who was charged for allegedly keying a man’s car because it had a ‘Biden Sucks’ sticker on it.
Now Miller is facing an additional charge of obstruction.
The Rhode Island Current reports:
Cranston senator facing obstruction charge in car keying incident
A Rhode Island state senator is facing an additional criminal charge after allegedly keying a vehicle at the Garden City Center in Cranston last month.
Sen. Joshua Miller, a Cranston Democrat, now faces a charge for obstruction of a police officer in addition to misdemeanor vandalism, City Solicitor Christopher Millea said in an email Wednesday.
“The charge is a direct result of the totality of the circumstances surrounding the incident in question, and was the result of a full review and due diligence by my office and the Cranston Police Department after a lengthy review of all the police reports, video that was gathered from Garden City and elsewhere, the body, cam footage, and the witnesses,” Millea said.
The charges are expected to be filed before his July 18 arraignment in Providence District Court.
Rhode Island Republicans are calling on Miller to resign.
WPRI News reports:
Ruggerio silent as GOP calls on Sen. Miller to resign over obstruction charge
Senate President Dominick Ruggerio is maintaining his silence about Sen. Joshua Miller’s growing legal troubles, even as Republicans call on Miller to resign his seat.
Miller, a 69-year-old Cranston Democrat, was arrested last month for keying a car displaying a “Biden sucks” sticker. Police body-worn camera videos show Miller initially denying he did so, then admitting it later in the day when an officer told him there was footage of the incident…
The decision to proceed with an obstruction charge against Miller — who was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and now serves as chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee — led Republican Party Chairman Joe Powers to say he should resign from his seat.
“Unfortunately, this is not the first time the senator has retaliated against someone he disagrees with politically,” Powers said in a statement, alluding to a 2014 incident when Miller apologized after being caught on camera swearing at a gun-rights activist at the State House.
“Whether it’s verbal attacks or, in this case, damage to personal property, Miller has shown disregard for anyone that is not aligned with his own party,” Powers said. “He is failing to represent every constituent in his district. Now that an additional charge of obstruction will be filed against Miller, he must do the right thing for his constituents. It’s Miller’s time to resign.”
Miller’s behavior is unbecoming of a lawmaker. He should step down.DONATE
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