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Haverhill

July 14, 2013

State panel upholds cop suspensions

Civil Service: Retired trooper lied, tarnished state police reputation

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“This testimony is not consistent with the testimony of all other pertinent witnesses that night,” Bowman wrote, adding that no witness remembered Noyes saying anything about having the flu or that he had trouble waking due to a chainsaw accident.

Bowman noted that a “highly credible paramedic” who treated Noyes that night said she specifically remembered asking Noyes if he was experiencing any head, neck or back, and that Noyes stated “no.”

“In short, his testimony that he sustained a head injury so severe causing him to have virtually no recollection of the events on March 30, 2012 was wildly unbelievable and tarnishes the image of the Massachusetts State Police,” concludes the civil service ruling.

Fiorentini said he ordered the Police Department’s internal investigation after his office received anonymous complaints that a retired state trooper had received special treatment from Haverhill police officers.

“I wanted to send a clear message that there would be equal justice in Haverhill for everyone,” the mayor said. “I am grateful that the Civil Service Commission ratified our decision and that the Haverhill Police Department did such a stellar job investigating what was not an easy case.”

Fiorentini also defended his decision not to impose harsher discipline on Leeman or Pagliuca.

“These men had no previous discipline on their records and I don’t believe one mistake should hurt them forever,” the mayor said.

The officers have 30 days to appeal the commission’s decision to superior court based on a legal mistake.

 

 

 

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