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      I-Team: Councilmen to ask state police to investigate ticket scandal

      Two Cranston city councilmen will be asking Rhode IslandState Police to conduct an investigation into an overnight parking ticketscandal in the city, the NBC 10 I-Team has learned.

      The docket for a city council meeting slated for Thursdaynight shows that a resolution will be introduced buy councilmen Steven Stycosand Paul Archetto. The resolution asks for state police to conduct anindependent investigation into the ticket scandal.

      Several weeks ago, the two councilmen, along with a story theI-Team, brought to light an apparent abuse of power by some police officers inCranston.

      Sources told the I-Team that some officers were eitherdirectly or indirectly ordered to issue more overnight parking tickets thanusual in the wards represented by councilmen Stycos and Archetto.

      The order, according to two sources, was given by policeunion president Stephen Antonucci.

      The two councilmen in December voted against a proposed newpolice union contract.

      Several phone calls placed to Antonucci were not returned.

      After the alleged abuse of police power was brought tolight, Mayor Allan Fung ordered an internal investigation, and hired anout-of-state investigator to review the findings of the internal policeinvestigation.