A Rhode Island state senator was arrested last week after allegedly vandalizing a car that had a “Biden sucks” bumper sticker, claiming he was “dared” to do it by the victim.
Sen. Joshua Miller, 69, was shown in surveillance footage keying a car at the Garden City Center in Cranston, Rhode Island, last Thursday, according to police.
The unidentified son of the man who owns the car told police he heard a scratching noise when walking back to his SUV and saw Miller with keys in hand. After asking Miller if he keyed the vehicle, he said Miller denied it and walked away.
BLUE STATE SENATOR ARRESTED AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF KEYING CAR
The unidentified family says state Sen. Joshua Miller may have keyed their vehicle because of its “Biden sucks” bumper sticker. (Cranston Police Department)
Miller is also seen name-dropping police Col. Michael Winquist in the video, telling police to call him as he was aware of the threats against Miller from “gun nuts.”
The Cranston Police Department disputed his claim in a press release posted to social media.
Miller, who is the Senate Democrat policy chairman and leads the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, represents District 28 (which includes where the incident took place) and was first elected to his position in 2006. He sponsored Senate Bill 379, introduced on Feb. 16, 2023, that bans the possession, sale and transfer of assault weapons.
Joshua Miller was arrested for allegedly keying someone’s car with a “Biden sucks” bumper sticker. (Cranston Police Department)
In a body camera video released by the Cranston Police Department, the victim arrives back to the scene and identifies Miller as the vandal. He also told police that he did not recognize Miller as a state legislator. His mother pointed out that she thinks the vandal didn’t like her “Biden sucks” bumper sticker when initially reporting the incident to police.
The press release says the victim noticed Miller’s “Re-elect Senator Josh Miller” bumper sticker on his car, leading to him search the state senator’s name on the internet and realizing that Miller was the man he had just encountered.
This view shows the vehicle that was allegedly vandalized by Rhode Island state Sen. Joshua Miller. (Cranston Police Department)
“What’s the reason to key the car, though, that’s the question?” a police officer asks in the footage.
“Because he was daring me to, basically,” Miller responded.