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Cranston investigates excessive tickets

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CRANSTON - A Cranston city council investigation found that on an average night, their police will issue no more than 10 parking violations throughout the entire city.

But the day after a new police union contract was voted down, some say, those ticket numbers skyrocketed.

"My ward was 62, and councilman Stychos's ward was 66," said Ward 3 councilman Paul Archetto.

Councilors Archetto and Steve Stychos, who voted against the contract, believe their wards... 3 and 1 respectively... were unfairly targeted by disgruntled officers.

"The people that I represent ultimately suffered because they had to pay the ticket... and I believe their constitutional rights were violated because they were targeted," said Archetto.

Now, the Cranston police department is conducting an internal investigation.

"We intend on conducting a thorough and transparent investigation into those allegations to determine if they are factual... and we will take appropriate action, hold anyone accountable that acted improperly," said Colonel Marco Palombo, Chief of the Cranston PD.

"I want to assure the taxpayers that we're going to do whatever we can to get to the root of all those allegations, and get the underlying truth out there," said Cranston Mayor Alan Fung.

All of the tickets issued on the evening in question were to illegally parked cars.

Councilman Archetto says that he's asked the municipal court to dismiss all the tickets that were issued that night.

There's no word yet on how long the internal investigation will take.

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