Cranston police are investigating two city councilors’ allegations that their wards were blanketed with parking tickets in retaliation for their votes against a proposed police contract.
On November 14th the Cranston City Council voted 4-3 against a contract that would have given police officers an eleven percent raise over three years. The next morning the wards of two councilors who had voted against the contract were blanketed with parking tickets.
Councilor Paul Archetto said his ward got 62 tickets the day after the vote, more than Cranston Police typically issue in an entire month. Councilor Steve Stycos’ ward got 66 tickets that day. Both men suspect police were retaliating for their vote against the contract.
"I think this is an effort to intimidate not just me and Councilman Archetto but the entire city council because the message is that if you vote against a police contract then at least certain elements of the police department, and I don’t think it’s the whole department, they’re going to make life difficult for you," said Stycos.
Cranston Mayor Alan Fung said an internal police investigation is underway. He said he has zero tolerance for intimidating behavior from any city worker.
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