A retired police sergeant is suing Newport and its police department in federal court, accusing them of wrongfully preventing him from working traffic details.
Albert Quinn retired in 2011. Quinn says he was barred from working traffic details after talking publicly that a relative was scammed by a caller claiming the family's cafe owed more than $1,400.
The lawsuit states Police Chief Gary Silva accused Quinn of interfering with the investigation and asked him to resign.
Quinn says he reached out to the city manager and was told he could return, but that Silva later said it wasn't going to happen.
Quinn seeks unspecified damages and his reinstatement.
Silva hasn't returned a call seeking comment. City Manager Joseph Nicholson Jr. couldn't immediately be reached.