- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - After a Rhode Island state representative called on the mayor of Providence to appoint a black officer to the rank of major, a peaceful rally was held outside City Hall in support of the movement.

Dozens of people marched outside City Hall Monday afternoon in support of the “Black Major Movement.”

The rally comes after a study by the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers found that the highest rank held by a black Providence officer is a Sergeant.

State Rep. Joseph Almeida, a retired police officer, tells WLNE-TV he has tried unsuccessfully since 1979 to get a person of color higher in the ranks.

Mayor Jorge Elorza says he also believes the command staff within the police department should reflect the community.

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Information from: WLNE-TV, https://www.abc6.com

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