Fung: Cranston attempted settlement with police captain

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The mayor of Cranston, a city at odds with Police Captain Todd Patalano, said the captain previously rejected the city’s settlement offer related to a lawsuit filed earlier this week.

Cranston Mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung continues to describe the federal complaint against him, the city of Cranston, and it’s former police chief, both outrageous and frivolous.

According to the lawsuit, Police Captain Todd Patalano claims he was harassed by members of the police department’s administration and the mayor did nothing to stop it.

Fung, as well as opponent Ken Block, appeared on Dan Yorke State of Mind on Thursday and for the first time Fung talked about a previous attempt at a settlement.

“The city made an offer to him. I can’t discuss it because we’re in litigation,” Fung said. “What was happening, just like many lawsuits, there are always going to be defense costs and the nuisance value of a case.”

Patalano, captain of the Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, was accused of improperly investigating complaints. Former Chief Marco Palumbo filed several disciplinary cases against him, but state police ultimately cleared Patalano of any wrongdoing.

Patalano claims he was targeted, but would not elaborate on the reason why.

Eyewitness News has learned that during his nearly two-year leave, Patalano was paid nearly $200,000. He returned to work in January.

On Thursday, Fung also called the timing of the lawsuit “surely suspect,” with primary day less than three weeks away.

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