In a release, Steven Brown of the ACLU said they requested any police radio conversations or calls made by Capt. Stephen Antonucci, the president of the Cranston police union between Nov. 13 and 16 relating to the issuance of parking tickets.
The ACLU also requested departmental policies governing the use of police officers' use of private or personal cell phones for law enforcement activities and any memos, orders or other documents issued by Antonucci between Jan. 1 of 2013 and Nov. 16 relating to the enforcement of the city's overnight parking ordinance.
The requests are based on multiple reports and anonymous tips that Antonucci issued the directive to ticket areas in Wards 1 and 3 the night of the so called ticket blitz while using a personal cell phone.
Antonucci, through the police union's lawyer, acknowledged giving the order but said the timing of the ticketing in Wards 1 and 3 was coincidentally the night the two City Councilmen for those wards, Paul Arcehtto and Steve Stycos, rejected a new police contract at a Finance Committee Meeting.
"The ACLU believes the records will help clarify exactly how the ticketing happened and whether it was done in accordance with departmental policies," Brown said. "The agency has ten days to respond to the request under the open records law."
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allegations of improper use of police authority," according to a release.