NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A Cranston police captain has been cleared of disciplinary charges brought by former Chief Marco Palombo Jr.

Capt. Todd Patalano had asserted that charges he did not properly investigate complaints were trumped up and that he was the victim of a vendetta.

Acting chief Kevin Barry told the Providence Journal Tuesday that he has determined the case against Patalono is not worthy of pursuing.

Patalono has acknowledged he secretly recorded conversations with Palombo and others in an attempt to defend himself.

Palombo's attorney, John Tarantino, says Barry has the right to do whatever he wants with pending disciplinary cases.

Palombo retired in March amid allegations that officers wrote excessive parking tickets in the districts of two city councilors who voted against a proposed police contract.


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