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September 5, 2013

Suspended cops sue Civil Service for backing city

Officers were punished for handling of ex-state trooper crash


Leeman and Pagliuca were also cited for writing shoddy and incomplete reports.

“The (officer’s) report also does not include any mention of the HPD’s concerns regarding jurisdiction and how the decision was made that HPD was not going to charge Noyes with OUI,” the city’s legal brief in the case reads. “This, coupled with the glaring absence of any mention of the evidence at the scene that would have supported probable cause to make an arrest, makes the report appear as though the officers tried to cover up their decision to give a pass to a retired lieutenant colonel of the state police on an OUI charge.

“At the very least, the report reads like these officers knew they had not adequately performed their duties, which they did not, and were trying to cover up that fact,” the city’s brief reads.

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