Smoke Shop Confrontation
AG upset over comments made by Governor over Smoke Shop Raid
Attorney General Patrick Lynch hit the airwaves - defending his role, and state police actions, in the state raid on the smoke shop.
Colonel Steven Pare says the officers used great restraint during Monday's raid. But neither the Colonel nor the Attorney General were holding back while on the radio this morning.
Colonel Pare says all along the intent was to serve the search warrant and then leave. But as we know now that is now how the situation played out.
He defended his officers actions that afternoon, saying he's comfortable with the way his agency handled the situation.
But it was Attorney General Ptrick Lynch who had some harsh words for the Governor, saying Carcieri isn't taking responsibility for authorizing this raid gone wrong.
"Yesterday's paper the headline says 'Carcieri blames the chief' - last night he tried to blames me , I think thats unfortunate and unfair"
We are putting calls into the governor for his response. Meantime, Colonel Pare is in the midst of an intense internal investigation to find out exactly why the raid played out as it did, after the Governor instructed state police not to use force.
Pare says he was his instruction was quote " we don't want anyone hurt."
His report is due to the governor in 10 days.