Providence's dancing cop says he has been fired from directing holiday traffic for organizing a protest over the appearance of a "blacklivesmatter" hashtag on another police officer's coffee cup at a Rhode Island Dunkin' Donuts.

Tony Lepore led a small protest in October supporting the officer.

He says he was told by police officials he met with on Tuesday that community groups were upset and he wouldn't be rehired. The 68-year-old retired from Providence Police Department in 1989 and was then hired by the city to direct downtown traffic each holiday season. He's known for his dance moves and has appeared on national television shows.

Police Commissioner Steven Pare says Lepore gave the inaccurate impression he represented the department.

Lepore says his supporters are comparing the mayor to the Grinch.