CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A lawyer for the Cranston police union says a ticketing blitz by officers after a City Council committee voted down a proposed police contract in November was a coincidence, not political payback.

Attorney Joseph Rodio told The Providence Journal that police Capt. Stephen Antonucci ordered the increased ticketing, but the effort was well-intended and the timing was coincidental. Antonucci is president of the police union.

City Council members Steven Stycos and Paul Archetto say police issued an extraordinary 128 tickets for illegally parked cars in their wards within two days of their voting against the police contract. They called the ticketing retribution for their votes.

State police are investigating the ticketing. Mayor Allan Fung has placed Police Chief Marco Palombo on leave for undisclosed reasons.