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Fung: "I Do Not Condone Any Type of Intimidating Behavior"

Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung has responded to allegations of abuse of power at the Cranston Police Department over a flurry of parking tickets that two city councilmen say were issued in retribution against their votes.

“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," Fung said in a release. "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 indicated that once the mayor's office became aware of the situation, "we contacted the appropriate authorities who then initiated an investigation." 

That could mean the State Police are investigating in addition to the police department's own internal investigation.

City Councilmen Steve Stycos and Paul Archetto said more cars were ticketed in their wards in the two days following their Nov. 14 vote against the contract than the entire month of October. Their claims included anonymous letters purporting to be from rank and file members of the department who say they were given the orders the night of the vote.

For more details, be sure to read our earlier story: 

Councilmen Say Their Wards Mass-Ticketed in Retaliation for Police Contract Vote

and

Were you Ticketed? Here's the List

Andie D'Amora December 17, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Shouldn't we be getting to the real issue? The council only shot down the police contract to make the Mayor's life hell during an election year battle. The contract was a win-win for the police and the city. My man is a Cranston patrolman, and they've taken lots of cuts to help the city through some rough years, and now they're getting caught up as times are much better. The force still gets paid peanuts in comparison to the suburbs. Guess Stycos doesn't support those who watch out for him? The hold up by the city council was just wrong, and hurting the citizens more than Mayor Fung. This will be remembered come election time.
Bob December 17, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Not so fast Andie, Things are better ???..mmm where ???....do you even live in Cranston ? ......WOW that's a story for another day...in any case....First off I have nothing but praise for the Cranston Police Dept and the work they do and have done. Excellent. The City Council whom I usually do not agree with must have seen something to hold it up. Be that as it may...this is the Mayors ball game now...Mr Fung want to be Governor, here is a golden opportunity for him to show that he is a real leader in getting to the bottom of this NOW...not in 6 weeks or 6 months...NOW !!!! and do what is needed in terms of termination, suspension or what have you. This is where the rubber meets the road Mayor.....And Mr. Fung ...may I add your first statement should have read..." I will not TOLERATE"...."condone" was a poor choice of words...trust me
Rob December 17, 2013 at 07:01 PM
By having this investigated internally, the fix is already in. As Captain and Union President, I presume he has considerable power within the department not to mention a close relationship administration since the contract in question was endorsed by the mayor. If this were a reputable department like RISP this Captain would at most, be discharged and at minimum, busted to patrolman. I can not see how any of his command decisions ever be trusted. I fear that this department is ethically challenged and a slap on the wrist will be administered. At most, since he’s on probation as a new Captain a demotion to Lieutenant and at the very least, a token suspension. Mayor Fung does not have the intestinal fortified or cojones to be Governor.
John Lolio December 17, 2013 at 07:35 PM
I want to start with giving this department the praise they deserve. Now they did give us a break in the past, but really....this is a bit much. Especially longevity. Do the taxpayers realize that they are paying this LONGEVITY AFTER RETIREMENT ALONG WITH PAID HOLIDAYS AFTER RETIREMENT???????????????? Where in any private sector job are these benefits granted, WE WILL BE PAYING FOR YEARS TO COME
Jason Stanley December 17, 2013 at 11:07 PM
D'Amora is a cop that's why he is on the mayors bandwagon. Let just say your chief palumbo he is an ass oh and so is the union president antanucci matter of fact why don't we put out there how his father was thrown off the force for beating someone to a pulp. While we are at it lets put out there how antanucci helped Sean comedy make it where he is in ranks by cheating on test. D'Amora I know more than you think. So just sit back and keep your mouth shut. Before I dig up dirt on you and expose you also.
Cranston resident December 22, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Jason Stanley, maybe you could have used your time off after you were fired from the city for stealing on the job and picked up hooked on Phonics. Please learn how to spell and learn how to use proper grammar before posing your idiotic comments. You are not only an unemployed thief, but a complete moron too!
Cranston resident December 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Wait Jason Stanley. I left out that you were fired for stealing from the elderly at the Senior Center!! Makes you even more of a scumbag!
Becca December 26, 2013 at 02:44 PM
@ Cranston resident aka Captain S.C. do you have a magic mirror?
Rebel Pilot January 07, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Bob, here are a few links for you: http://sos.ri.gov/documents/elections/E-20E-DeclarationsCandidacy.pdf http://www.cranstonpolice.com/Recruiting.html Seeing that you believe you can do a better job than those already there, the city's residents could use you. Do you have what it takes?

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