- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and a billboard company have apologized for bus stop ads promoting a security company featuring bullets and two men in flak jackets pointing assault rifles.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1MwwCf3 ) that the ads were removed Friday from bus shelters in Providence and other cities.

Rachel Newman Greene, director of partnerships at the West Elmwood Housing Development Corp., said the ads showed an “appalling normalization of violence.”

H. Philip West, former executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island and an Elmwood resident, approached RIPTA and Lamar Outdoor Advertising, which has a contract for the bus shelters.

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, chairman of RIPTA’s board, said the agency should approve ads for its 400 bus shelters and this one would not have passed.

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