- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Cranston police officer who’s suing the city on claims he was tricked into accepting a demotion has dropped his former boss, a defendant, from the case.

WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/2ae5IKa ) reports that a federal judge on Tuesday signed off on patrolman Matthew Josefson’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit against former Col. Marco Palombo.

The suit is still pending against four defendants including Cranston Mayor Allan Fung. A spokesperson for Fung didn’t return a request for comment.

Josefson sued after a state police investigation previously concluded that he was pressured and swindled into accepting a demotion from sergeant to patrolman over trumped-up or trivial transgressions that were based on non-existent policies.

Palombo’s attorney says he believes Josefson dropped Palombo, who countersued Josefson, because Palombo wanted the case to go to trial.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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