Police: Senator Ciccone threatened cop during Ruggerio arrestMarch 30th, 2012 at 5:14 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
BARRINGTON, R.I. (WPRI) – State Sen. Frank Ciccone III allegedly threatened a Barrington police officer early Wednesday morning as he prepared to arrest Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio for drunk driving, according to a police report released Friday afternoon.
“You think you got pension problems now?” Ciccone, 64, reportedly told Police Officer Michael Gregorzek as his fellow officer Walter Larson administered sobriety tests to Ruggerio, 63, according to the police report. ”Wait ’til this [expletive] is all done. This guy voted against you the last time, it ain’t gonna get any better now.”
Ciccone, D-Providence, was one of two senators who voted against the landmark pension overhaul Rhode Island enacted in November. Ruggerio, D-North Providence, was a co-sponsor of the legislation, which included changes to police and fire retirees’ benefits for those enrolled in the state-run system. Both men work for the powerful Laborers International Union of North America.
In a statement, Ciccone declined to get into the details of the report. ”While the Barrington Police were at all times courteous and professional, I do not agree with the accuracy of some of the details in the report,” he said. “However, I certainly regret anything I may have said Tuesday evening that was inappropriate.”
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