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Cranston Councilors want outside investigation of police tickets

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by ABC6 News Reporter Mark Curtis

Cranston Police may be about to find themselves under investigation by the Rhode Island State Police.

At issue, the apparent flood of parking tickets in the wards of two city council members who voted "no" on a proposed police union contract.

"Councilman Archetto and I think that the State Police are in a much better position to do an impartial investigation of this ticketing scandal," said Cranston City Councilor Steve Stycos.

People in the two council wards received 128 tickets on the night of the vote; only a hand full were written in the rest of the city.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said "Cranston's Police Chief is conducting an internal investigation into the ticketing scandal and the Mayor has hired an outside investigator to review those findings. But critics say, that is still not enough."

Luca Cintolo was ticked and said, "I was breaking the law, but targeting is not right."

Cintolo is one of the people who found a parking ticket on his car the morning after the police contract vote.

He supports an outside investigation of Cranston Police.

"People policing themselves is not the best way to get to the bottom of something. I mean it seems pretty clear. I don't know why the investigation should take too long," Cintolo said.

Cintolo's ticket was dismissed on Wednesday, but critics say the tidal wave of tickets was un-American.

"I think it was an effort to intimidate Councilman Archetto and I, because we voted against the police contract. And that's a real slap at democratic government," Cintolo said.

We are told Mayor Allan Fung was unavailable to discuss the call for a State Police investigation, of Cranston police.

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