Cranston police captain files suit against city officials

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CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Cranston Police Captain Todd Patalano has filed a federal lawsuit against top officials in the city – accusing them of intentionally trying to tarnish his career.

In the suit, Patalano claims the actions of former police Colonel Marco Palombo, Mayor Allan Fung, and other police officials cost him wages, mounting legal fees, and caused him emotional stress.

According to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in US District Court, Patalano claims he was harassed by members of the Cranston Police Department and Mayor Allan Fung didn’t do anything about it.

In 2012, Patalano was suspended after he was accused of improperly investigating complaints and Chief Marco Palombo filed several disciplinary cases against him. Patalano alleges he was targeted by the new administration that is headed by Palombo. Mayor Fung and other city officials were made aware of the investigation but failed to take action, according to the lawsuit.

In January 2014, Patalano returned to duty.

Eyewitness News dug through payroll records and learned that while on paid administrative leave, Patalano was paid more than $98,000 in 2012 and $99,000 last year, but the suit is seeking compensation for lost money in overtime, detail, attorney fees, and litigation expenses.

The mayor’s office said they will not comment on the case until they further review the filing.

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