State Police will Investigate Ticket Allegations

As pressure mounts, Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung said he called Rhode State Police Superintendent Col. Steven O'Donnell today and asked state police to review allegations that two City Councilmen's neighborhoods were blanketed by overnight parking tickets the night after they voted against a new police contract.

Fung made the announcement in a hastily-arranged press conference Thursday night at City Hall.

He said he made the call to O'Donnell in light of more allegations in the form of two new letters from citizens, among other concerns.

Fung added that he will seek to have the overnight parking tickets in question rescinded and emphasized that if the allegations are true, people will be held responsible.

No details about the investigation will be released. Fung cited the Police Officer's Bill of Rights.

With the state police launching its own investigation, there is no longer a need for an outside investigation, Fung said.

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.

This story will be updated.

Elizabeth Roy January 09, 2014 at 07:03 PM
This should be interesting. Can't wait for the "final decision".
Kat Car January 09, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Omg, what a waste of time and resources. Could it just possibly be there are a lot of overnight violator's ? On my street, so many park overnight and daytime the vehicles like buses or emergency cannot drive up or down the street. We have had people park their cars in front of our house which will not allow us to use the front walk and they park there for days at a time. Not there property but ours. I for one applaud the police for finally doing their jobs and getting these miscreants a ticket. Good job Cranston Police .Mayor Fung , we all know you are running for heaven's sake , pick your battles. This should not be one . Those who complain about the tickets , park your damned cars where they belong , in your driveways!
Adam Hartman January 09, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Kat, don't be dense. The statistical jump in the number of tickets proves that something was fishy. Legally, it doesn't even matter if the people were parked illegally. If it was found to be done as political retaliation, it is still a civil rights violation- specifically, of both the 1st and 14th amendments.
Kat Car January 09, 2014 at 08:03 PM
I really don't care if it was punitive. Look, I have lived here since the 50's , I know what is going on . Dense isn't the reason I replied nor my mindset. I stand by what I said and good for them. I am glad they were nailed whether fishy or otherwise. Fung is just doing this because he wants to run for Governor and needs to prove he has cahones.
Patrick Boyd January 09, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Kat, you're a fool!! If your only concern is that the over night parked cars get tickets, then I point at you and the likes of you as the reason this state and city are in the pathetic condition that it is! Do me, and the rest of the people that can think intelligently a favor and DON'T VOTE!!!
Kat Car January 09, 2014 at 08:13 PM
Pardon me as a hole. I vote, pay taxes and oh gee, don't break the law.
Adam Hartman January 09, 2014 at 08:20 PM
Kat, the only thing that matters is that it's putative. This is typical RI greaseball thuggery, and since you've lived here since the 50s, I can only imagine you're one in a long line of generational thugs (or wife of thugs) that keeps this state in its detestable shape.
Mary January 09, 2014 at 10:27 PM
Whoever is the wonderful councilman for ward 3 should really pay more attention to the TRASH that lives here, particularly on Alto St. We were thrilled that cars FINALLY got ticketed and I for one plan to make repeated calls to the police to complain about the overnight parking. So please Mr. Councilman, do your job once in a while for the people who do the RIGHT thing rather than the defending the idiots who daily break the law.
Suzanne Arena January 09, 2014 at 10:57 PM
I live in Ward 2, and cannot believe that my councilman Don Botts thinks myself and his Ward are in favor of the CPD receiving an 11.5% raise over the next 3 years. I definitely agree they need a raise, but we are not in a robust economy. Kat, the point the process was tainted, and alleged that the President of the Police Union (or any PD Union member) ordered them to 'Target" a specific location. You logic makes no sense that they were breaking the law and as such they deserved tickets. You do point out a great point that people with driveways SHOULD use them. It could be argued our CPD has several that needed to be fired. When the taxpayers pay nearly $100K for Capt. Todd Patalano to be on administrative leave for 2 years and not speak up - then I question his integrity, further I question the part of the force that is aware of the situation and condoning it. These are the things that make the public lose respect. Glad the State Police are looking into it and that the public pressure made a difference.
Andie D'Amora January 10, 2014 at 12:06 AM
Suzanne, the 11.5% raise doesn't mention the three years that the police went without raises while the city was in financial hardship. So over the six years, it's less than 2% per year. That's not outrageous. The police force took a hit for the city, and now the city is catching up. Guess those councilmen are anti-police. I heard on Buddy Cianci's radio show that police are coming forward with emails that Stycos and Archelletto told the police to ticket their wards. Something looks like it's going to explode. Sounds like the reason Fung is having a hard time with this one might be because it isn't as straight forward as we all thought.
Patrick Boyd January 10, 2014 at 05:54 AM
Kat, guess what, I pay taxes, vote, and don't break the law either, and I DON'T APPROVE OF OUR POLICE FOR INTIMIDATING ANYBODY OR USING RETALIATION AS A WAY OF EXPRESSING THEIR DISAPPROVAL OF SOMETHING! Try thinking about the welfare of others too. Quit being selfish and only thinking about what's in it for you.
Patrick Boyd January 10, 2014 at 05:56 AM
Andie, I'm sure you've heard this before, and it is true for an awful lot of people but, a large percentage of people in the private sector haven't seen a raise in more than 3 years.
Becca January 10, 2014 at 06:30 AM
Here we go again...The next thing the Mayor needs to do is to replace the administration at the police dept. & WE all know why! Have a great day!
Bob January 10, 2014 at 09:36 AM
Interesting comments here....I come away with this....Kat your clueless.....Andie your either a cop or know one or two....Bott's is a lightweight follower not a leader.....11.5% raise is a joke...don't care over how many years it's for...and last...Fung, again...not a leader by no means....He should have dealt with this swiftly and aggressivly and it would be over by now...instead it's duck and run....Governor...HE will NOT be..
rgl January 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Finally the state police to do the investigation wish they would check more than parking tickets Cranston police need to have a house cleaning
dphs18 January 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Not sure why the Highway Patrol are being called in to investigate a non-criminal internal investigation. Why do we even have an internal affairs officer if we can't trust them to do their duty.
2ferskippy January 10, 2014 at 01:23 PM
you don`t like your pay quit get another job: you don`t terrorize the city with a concerted effort by the union and it`s members. to send a message no money F you >>pay up: 25 tickets a hour???who signed the tickets make them public.
Mark O'Plumbob January 10, 2014 at 02:00 PM
CPD now in state police control. LOL Going to hit the fan now!
Elizabeth Roy January 10, 2014 at 04:01 PM
Obviously there is more occurring than just the ticket mess. Thus the reason for the State Police intervention/investigation.
Jose January 10, 2014 at 05:36 PM
I was just told that when Capt Patalano was finally told to come back to work they stuck him at the off site training facility on Phenix Ave? Whats the matter Colonel? You didnt want to put him back in his original position running internal affairs? Guess it would have been pretty difficult to do a cover up with someone who actually has a backbone and has dirt on you huh?
2ferskippy January 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Captain no show: was in charge of internal affairs, lmao and they finished their report without him. & after 2 years no show with 98k pay he returns on a thursday before the investigation starts.he has dirt on someone in state GREAT call the FBI TO OVERSEE HIM overseening the chief overseeing the capt, who was`nt there overseing the lowlifes giving tickets and threatining the councilmen.while heavily armed at that. how the law has changed,


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