Police Union Lawyer Says Ticket Blitz was Conicidence, not Retribution

Lawyer Joseph Rodio Sr. said it was pure chance that the neighborhoods of two City Councilmen were hit with an overnight parking ticket blitz the night they voted against a new union contract.

Cranston Police Capt. Stephen Antonucci, also president of the Cranston Polcie Union. (File Photo by: Corey Welch, Twitter: @CoreyWelch)
Cranston Police Capt. Stephen Antonucci, also president of the Cranston Polcie Union. (File Photo by: Corey Welch, Twitter: @CoreyWelch)
The lawyer for the Cranston police union said the so-called overnight parking ticket blitz in November wasn't retribution.

Instead, Joseph J. Rodio Sr., who represents the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 301 said the order came down from Capt. Stephen Antonucci — also the president of the union — in response to requests from council members to enforce overnight parking bans.

Rodio told the Providence Journal that Antonucci pledged to step up enforcement of overnight parking problems when he was promoted to Captain from Lieutenant last summer and the issuance of more than 50 tickets the night of the vote had nothing to do with the contract vote, calling the claims of Councilmen Paul Archetto and Steve Stycos of retribution "outlandish."

Rodio also divulged details of the internal investigation conducted by Cranston Police and said seven officers were interviewed before Antonucci and none said they issued tickets in retaliation.

The State Police are now leading the department after Cranston Police Chief Col. Marco Palombo Jr. was placed on paid leave last week by Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung. Fung said he wanted state authorities to conduct their own investigation as well as address myriad issues plaguing the department and affecting morale.

The City Council's Finance Committee meets tonight and the saga is expected to be discussed. 

Before this ticketing scandal, the Cranston Police Department has been typically held in high regard by other law enforcement agencies and people who work closely with the department. This past year, the department received exclusive state accreditation and last year obtained national accreditation — something fewer that five percent of departments across the country achieve. 

Stay tuned for more updates and coverage.

For complete coverage of the issue, see:

Police Chief put On Paid Leave

State Police are conducting a broad review of the department's operations in the wake of an overnight parking ticket scandal.

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

After voting against a new police contract, Councilmen Steve Stycos and Paul Archetto say their wards were targeted by a rash of tickets in retaliation.

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.

Map of Tickets Appears to Support Councilmens' Claims

According to this map of addresses where tickets were issued in the hours following the contract vote, there appears to be plausible evidence to support those claims.

Were you ticketed? Here's the List

Look closely and click "download PDF" next to the image to check out the addresses.

Fung Taps Independent Investigator to Review Police Ticket Blitz

Cranston Mayor Fung announced that he has hired a private investigator to review the police department's own internal review of "allegations of improper use of police authority," according to a release.

ACLU Says Review of Ticket Blitz Investigation Doesn't go Far Enough

The RIACLU is asking Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung to launch a full-scale independent investigation.
Becca January 16, 2014 at 06:43 AM
Really a conicidence? NOT He should be FIRED & lose all benefits! He along with his 'cronies" as well as the leader who's home now! In private sector we get a verbal a writtten and then we lose our job, the same needs to be done to them! SAVE us $$$ next
PMarandola January 16, 2014 at 08:05 AM
@Becca agreed! He thought he was untouchable but he isn't. I have seen these "guys" in action at council mtgs. when they don't get what they want. Cry babies...well now they have a "baby" sitter watching them unlike before! Time to clean house!
Ronald Jacob January 16, 2014 at 08:46 AM
The biggest part of having Integrity is telling the truth. The truth will prevail in this matter, as well as other issues being investigated by the State Police at CPD headquarters. In the end, the citizens of Cranston can rest assure that the new administration will do everything in their power to bring Integrity back to CPD.
Bob January 16, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Wa wa wa wa...like little boys in a sandbox.....I want my contract....no I'm not giving it to you....oh yeah...we'll see about that....wa wa wa wa.....looks like the rats are scurrying now.....
PMarandola January 16, 2014 at 09:49 AM
So the ? is why was the Colonel sent home on paid leave? Bet he won't be back!
Stillhouse Stevie January 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM
No wonder the pd has been reduced to a laughing stock, this is a person in a leadership roll at Cranston police. What is "outlandish" is that, he expects people to buy this load of tripe. He should be shown the door. No police department needs dishonesty in the rank & file or in its leadership. The coincidence defense suggests panic mode.
Ronald Jacob January 16, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Coincidence or Not, Last July, Captain Dodd was forced out on a disability pension that he didn't want, then Mayor Fung promoted the next person on the Captains list, who was Stephen Antonucci. Coincidence or NOT?
Otto January 16, 2014 at 02:07 PM
He's a lawyer, so he MUST be telling the truth, right!
Becca January 16, 2014 at 07:28 PM
@Ronald Jacob well Captain Dodd should be reinstated! The dirty dozen needs to be fired!
Stillhouse Stevie January 16, 2014 at 09:52 PM
Yes he should, but lots more complicated than that. Becca, do u find that Cranston Resident is noticeably absent? undoubtedly meeting with his lawyer to save his a$$ and pension. The rats are running now!! ACLU in the mix now..was never a fan till now.
Cranston resident January 19, 2014 at 11:42 PM
Jacob, are you drunk again?? Or are you mad that some of the cops at CPD put more miles on your daughter Kerri (Keri-69) than they did on their Crown Vic's?? And BTW Ron, the 69 on her plate wasn't a coincidence, she used to laugh at you not being able to control her!! And as far as Capt. Dodd, he was another zero stealing a pay check. Couldn't pass a physical and had to leave. He has no one to blame but himself. If he doesn't like it, he should petition to change the city charter. If he wanted to keep his job, he should have hit the treadmill once in a while to try to pass.
Ronald Jacob January 21, 2014 at 09:38 AM
It appears that Cranston Resident is back with a vengence. Step out from the shadows and get your facts straight. The State Police are working on getting your information, so you will be outed, as several other high ranking members of the police department are being investigated and will lose their jobs. Unless you have 20 years of service, you will collect nothing and be banned from any police department, so learn a trade. You seen to have a lot of information, so you will be known very shortly and a civil case against you will take place. It seems by the times you post your false information, you are either under the influence of something.
Concerned Cranston Resident January 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM
@Ron I think you are correct in "Cranston Resident" being commenting while under the influence. He must be one of the many 'sheeple' who supports the administration in D.C.! And does not know what it is to do some 'fact checking'! This should be a very interesting investigation indeed.
James Flanagan April 04, 2014 at 09:01 AM
You're an idiot Rodio....can you spell "coincidence"


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