WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police chief is apologizing for a Facebook post that labeled a woman “2017 Grandmother of the Year” after she was caught on camera swiping what police say was a $100 bill, then shushing a little boy to keep it quiet.
Warwick Police Chief Stephen McCartney made the apology on WPRO-AM about a post by the department last week. The department put out the video in an attempt to find the woman. A 76-year-old woman was later identified and arrested.
McCartney says the post was wrong and the woman in it should not have been characterized that way. He says the department should be factual and professional on social media, and says they “dropped the ball” in this case.
The incident occurred Nov. 4. The woman, Dorothy Andrade of Warwick, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of misdemeanor larceny and was to appear in District Court in Warwick.