The Rhode Island attorney general has filed a civil rights complaint against a 49-year-old Johnston man with an extensive criminal record. Vincent B. Smith has apparently repeatedly threatened and hurled racist and homophobic remarks at a gay neighbor and a woman with a bi-racial child.
The complaint, filed Monday, alleges that Smith's behavior drove Jennifer Piscione—a single mother—to move out of her condo in January 2010. The complaint also says that Smith made homophobic remarks to Roger DiTusa, a gay neighbor, on about two dozen occasions over the course of two years. It says Smith was arrested in March for smashing the sliding glass door in DiTusa's condominium. If a judge rules that he violated Piscione and DiTusa's civil rights, Smith faces a $5,000 fine. The attorney general's office is also seeking a restraining order.
Smith's intimidation included vandalizing neighbors homes and repeatedly scrawling "KKK" graffiti, reports the Providence Journal. The misbehavior, according to the suit, has consisted of shouted slurs, writing the initials of the Ku Klux Klan on the woman’s storm door and requests to neighbors that they not rent to black or Hispanic people, among other incidents.
In 1988, Smith was arrested for "threatening to kill his former girlfriend and her family, and the Johnston police said he attempted to commit suicide in his cell at the police station," ProJo adds.
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