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Capt. Patalano Files Complaint against City, Seeks More than $5 Million

Patalano, back on the job after a 20-month leave, was cleared of misconduct charges by Acting Police Chief Kevin Barry earlier this month.

Capt. Todd Patalano has filed a complaint against the city alleging he was the victim of an abuse of power when placed on paid administrative leave for 20 months during an internal affairs investigation.

That investigation was based on what Patalano said were false charges cooked up by former Cranston Police Chief Marco Palomobo Jr. that accused Patalano of not accurately reporting civilian complaints of police misconduct as he led the internal affairs division.

Palombo retired as chief after Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung brought in the State Police for a investigation into the so-called ticketgate scandal as well as a broader probe of the department's internal conflicts.

Patalano, back on the job since January, was cleared of the charges by Acting Police Chief Kevin Barry earlier this month.

The complaint, which seeks more than $5 million in damages and legal fees, was filed with the City Council's Claims Committee and is reportedly a precursor to a federal lawsuit.

Stay tuned for more details.
2ferskippy May 27, 2014 at 07:34 PM
fire barry and reinstate the charges we will find someone to say he did it .just like they intimidate witnesses. good for nothing all of them.
2ferskippy May 27, 2014 at 07:34 PM
no chance fung with these clowns
nagaer May 27, 2014 at 08:47 PM
Hope he wins the suit, the taxpayers get what they deserve for re-electing these clowns especially in the general assembly.
Bob May 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM
Greedy aren't we.....Guess 20 free months on the Taxpayer is not enough.....
PMarandola May 28, 2014 at 09:32 AM
I agree with dphs18 unless we taxpayers start by cleaning house the BS will continue to fall downhill! After reading the 15 page lawsuit sounds like he is in a win win situation! WTG Administration & City Council members! Turning your cheek didn't work lol

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