- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence’s famous dancing cop says he has been fired for organizing a protest over the appearance of a “blacklivesmatter” hashtag on another police officer’s coffee cup at a Rhode Island Dunkin’ Donuts.

Tony Lepore met with police officials Tuesday. Lepore, a former police officer, led a small protest in October.

He says he was told Tuesday community groups were upset and he wouldn’t be re-hired.

Police Commissioner Steven Pare says Lepore gave the inaccurate impression he represented the department.

The 68-year-old Lepore began injecting dance moves into his police work in 1984 while directing traffic in downtown Providence.

After Lepore retired, the city invited him back to direct traffic during the holidays. He has appeared on national television shows.

He says his supporters are comparing the mayor to the Grinch.

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