CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A civil liberties group is asking Cranston police for records about a parking ticket blitz that two city councilors say targeted their wards as political payback for voting against a police union contract.
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday asked for records that include recordings or logs of phone calls made by Capt. Stephen Antonucci, who ordered the tickets. A lawyer for the police union told The Providence Journal that the effort was a well-intended crackdown on illegal parking and a coincidence.
The city councilmen have said their wards were targeted after a committee rejected the contract in November.
The records are usually not publicly available because of a police confidentiality law. The ACLU says they should be released because Antonucci waived his confidentiality.