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April 25, 2008
Providence will investigate officer for motor-vehicle stops
PROVIDENCE -- The Police Department is conducting an internal investigation of a patrolman accused of “improper conduct during motor vehicle stops,” Deputy Police Chief Paul J. Kennedy acknowledged today.
Neither Kennedy nor Maj. Paul C. Fitzgerald, commander of the Uniformed Division, to which the patrolman had been assigned, would discuss details of the allegation or allegations or say how many people have complained about the patrolman.
“It could compromise our investigation, and I don’t want to do that,” Kennedy said.
Under a state statute called the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights, police management is not permitted to identify an officer who is under criminal or disciplinary investigation until a criminal charge is brought or a disciplinary process is concluded with a finding against the officer.
In light of the allegation or allegations, the unnamed patrolman has been transferred for the time being from patrol duty to “administrative duty,” Kennedy said. He would not say what work the officer will be assigned while on administrative duty.
-- Journal staff writer Gregory Smith
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