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Public Disturbance Charge Dropped in Warwick v. Williams

Henry Williams addresses the City Council during a committee meeting of the Warwick City Council Dec. 8.
Henry Williams addresses the City Council during a committee meeting of the Warwick City Council on Dec. 8, 2014. A charge brought by Warwick Police was dismissed last week.

Warwick, RI — A misdemeanor charge of disrupting a public meeting has been dropped in the case of Henry T. Williams, the Warwick resident seen on video approaching the city council on Dec. 8, 2014.

According to online court records, a 48A dismissal order was handed down on March 18 following three hearings in Third District Court.

In the city’s UStream video [edited and captioned by the Warwick Post here], Williams is seen approaching the work table in Warwick City Hall Council Chambers and trying to speak to Councilman Joseph Gallucci, who was chairing the Ordinance Committee at the time.

Gallucci and other councilors — although notably not Councilwoman Camille Vella-Wilkinson, with whom Williams has alleged a pattern of harassment — talk over Williams, and he eventually leaves the dais.

The Warwick Police Department filed the case on Jan. 5, after the city posted the video of the alleged confrontation.

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