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Video: Mayor Puts Police Chief on Leave, Announces Expanded Investigation

Cranston Police Department under extra scrutiny in the wake of overnight parking ticket scandal.

Here's a video of Friday's press conference during which Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung announced a sweeping State Police investigation of the Cranston Police Department as well as the temporary placement of Police Chief Col. Marco Palombo on paid leave during the review.

Click here to read more coverage of today's press conference. 

For complete coverage of the issue, see:

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.
nicole fine January 10, 2014 at 04:45 PM
I am sure there was retaliation against the Council for not voting for the contract. However, if those vehicles were not parked illegally they never would have been ticketed in the first place. Sounds like someone issued a "Code Red"
Adam Hartman January 10, 2014 at 07:08 PM
It doesn't matter if the cars were parked legally or not. It's still a serious civil rights violation if it was time selectively. And the sudden statistical jump in the number of tickets given proves it was done selectively.
Mark O'Plumbob January 10, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Good move Mayor but, a little tarty. Word of advise, when the dust settles, seek a new Chief from out of state. A quality one with a post graduate degree & real law enforcement experience, no Essermans!! An alternative would be sourced from RISP, many quality picks there too.
LR January 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM
Why does it not matter if the cars were parked illegally or not? They were parked illegally period..they should get a ticket. Planned or not planned.
Mark O'Plumbob January 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM
LR, is having problems seeing the forest through the trees? Just a touch of naïve in doing so. Think about it LR, if not your too far gone to have it explained. Have nice day!
Adam Hartman January 11, 2014 at 08:55 AM
LR, police can still commit civil rights violations while enforcing legal ordinances. There is a lot of case law on this. It' s all about intent. If it was found that the police intended to chill free speech through enforcement of the law (which is pretty clearly the case here) that is a violation of both the 1st and 14th amendments. They could theoretically even be criminally charged, which is what I desperately hope happens here.
nicole fine January 11, 2014 at 09:34 AM
I am VERY curious to know what the ticket numbers are now? Are they still up in those wards? What about other traffic violations for the department?
LR January 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM
I get the violations of civil rights, the ticket numbers up in that area, etc.... bottom line is if you weren't parked illegally you wouldn't of received a ticket. That's all I am saying.

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