Skip to comments.Cranston looking into allegations of police retaliation
Posted on 12/18/2013 3:59:09 PM PST by DariusBane
Police in Cranston, RI issue 128 parking tickets to constituents in precincts where councilman voted against a pay increase for police officers while only 9 were issued throughout the rest of the city. Truly Protecting and Serving.
"Cranston Police are currently investigating their own department after two city councilman alleged the police issued more than 100 parking tickets in their wards after the councilors voted against a proposed police contract.
Ward 3 Councilman Paul Archetto told WPROs Matt Allen that he noticed an unusual amount of parking tickets on cars on a street in his ward the morning after the vote.
At that point I felt something out of the ordinary occurred, said Archetto, saying the bright orange parking tickets caught his eye.
At a Cranston City Council meeting Monday evening, Archetto and fellow councilor Steven Stycos (Ward 1) made their allegations public.
They said they requested information from the city administration to corroborate their estimate that the number of tickets was unusually high, and found the police had issued 62 tickets in Archettos ward and 66 in Stycos ward the day after the vote. Only 9 tickets had been issued throughout the rest of the city.
A blatant message was definitely sent, said Archetto.
Archetto said the average number of parking tickets issued in Cranston on a daily basis is between 4 and 5.
Cranston Police Chief Col. Marco Palumbo told WPRO Tuesday afternoon that they began their investigation into the allegations more than a week ago.
"Im obviously troubled by the allegations," Palumbo said. "We hold ourselves to a higher standard than that and we want the public to confidence in us and know that were looking out for them."
In addition to the tickets in their wards, Archetto also said he and Stycos received anonymous letters they believed to be sent from inside the police department.
[The] rights of my constituents their constitutional rights have been breached, and also council members have been intimidated, said Archetto. Its an abuse of police power.
Archetto said he believes someone higher in the ranks gave the orders to blanket the wards with tickets.
"There has to be someone up in rank to order two separate districts that are coordinated separately by two separate offices and those offices acted in unison, said Archetto. It had to come from a high ranking level.
Palumbo said they will look to determine if any harassment has occurred, and will take the appropriate disciplinary action if necessary.
"At this juncture were simply looking at the facts and the circumstances," he said, adding, "I don't want to speculate on what might be."
After learning about the allegations, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung released this statement late Tuesday morning:
First of all, if these allegations turn out to be true, I want the residents of Cranston to be assured that I do not condone any type of intimidating behavior by any city employees.
Once my administration became aware of the situation, we contacted the appropriate authorities who then initiated an investigation.
Because this is an ongoing active investigation, I cannot discuss this any further. As a former Prosecutor, I have to respect the sensitive nature of an investigation and I would not want any public comments to jeopardize or taint it in any way.
Fung joined WPRO's Dan Yorke to say he and the city administration would "not jump to any conclusions," but would "take the appropriate steps to investigate [the allegations] thoroughly."
"Were not sitting on our hands on this, Dan, but the facts are going to come out and...were going to base our decision on what the facts [are]," he said. "
More cop/government corruption...
It seems endless nowadays...
It should be illegal for government employees to be in a union.
Get them all under oath immediately. Fire and prosecute any that have discrepancies in their police reports.
Nothing like official corruption and small, small little men. Little men with Guns, Boots, Handcuffs, mace, extra special legal protection and way more public sympathy than they deserve.
Cops are just the most well armed and organized gang in town.
That’s my experience in 2 out of 4 cities in which I’ve lived.
And the Staties are just tax collectors.
Cop’s have always been corrupt. Nothing new here. But the veneer of public adoration and judicial blindness is starting to be eaten away.
Enforcement is political and rhetoric about “assuring safety” is a vehicle for wealth extraction.
Who would give MRAP’s to such animals?
How do we know this particular PD is an exception?
If the cops were given unconstitutional orders are THESE the men who would instead join the people...?
In your heart you KNOW the answer...
And for some reason they like to hang out at pawn shops.
No dogs were shot making this thread, sorry...
Maybe we can bring some controversy into this thread???? Hope so!
You forgot "best financed"
They even act like a gang. Herds of them show up for something as silly, innocuous, ubiquitous and mundane as a "traffic" stop.
Wolfie has been suspended again. Damn shame.
Don’t bet on it.
RI isn’t known as the crookedest state in the nation without reason.
That is such crap. Officials discuss active cases all the time. It's just a sorry excuse to avoid inconvenient questions.
“Im obviously troubled by the allegations,” Palumbo said. “We hold ourselves to a higher standard than that and we want the public to confidence in us and know that were looking out for them.”
This is almost as big a lie as “you can keep your doctor!” The truth is that “they only look out for themselves!” Can “American Law Enforcement” fall any further?
Fire Fighters are as bad but they can’t arrest anyone.