PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence city councilman is making it his mission to put an end to graffiti in the capital city.
Ward 6 Councilman Michael Correia said it became his “passion project” after catching a suspect in the act.
The Providence Graffiti Task Force has been advantage of the nice weather by cleaning up damage that taggers are causing in the community.
“It needs to stop,” said Correia, who heads up the task force. “It brings down the quality of life in the neighborhoods. It makes it look dirty and messy.”
Just last week, Correia said he caught one suspect “white-handed.”
“I asked him what he was doing and he tried to tell me that he was relieving himself, and I was like ‘I just witnessed you drop a can of spray paint and you were spraying all over the building there and you have white paint all over your hands,'” Correia recalled. “So he apologized to me and told me he was sorry and he was bored and didn’t have anything to do.”
The suspect, who has not been identified, is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 9. Correia said there are still many others who need to be stopped.
In addition to cracking down on graffiti, Correia is also pushing for tougher penalties for people who are caught vandalizing property.