Cranston police major settles lawsuit with city, gets $300K

By The Associated Press

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CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) _ A Cranston police major and the city have reached a settlement worth $300,000 after he filed a federal civil rights lawsuit saying he was the target of a vendetta and harassment campaign by the former police chief.

Maj. Todd Patalano said in an August 2014 lawsuit that former Chief Marco Palombo filed seven bogus disciplinary complaints against him, and that other officers gave perjured testimony against him. Patalano also accused Mayor Allan Fung of not doing anything to stop the harassment.

Under the terms of the settlement, neither side admits to any wrongdoing.

Mayor Fung’s Chief of Staff said in a statement that the city has denied the allegations but they settled due to “the high cost of litigation.”

Patalano says he’s glad the matter is finally behind him.

(C) The Associated Press 2015