Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced Thursday that the investigation into a police parking ticket scandal has been concluded. State police confirm a Cranston police captain violated police regulations.
Fung took the podium at a press conference to break the news: “Today we are announcing the
recommendation, and that is the recommendation of termination for Cranston police captain Stephen Antonucci.”
Fung said an investigation by the Rhode Island State Police found that Antonucci ordered patrol officers to issue more parking tickets in certain city wards following a city council vote against a proposed police contract.
The patrol officers who issued those tickets won’t be disciplined because they were following orders. And Fung said the tickets have been refunded.
For his part, the Cranston police captain Antonucci has been suspended with pay under police labor laws. And he’s now entitled to a hearing that will decide his fate on the force.
Antonucci is also president of the city’s police union.
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