City Hall to Host Hearing for Fired Officer
Richard Pierce Jr., son of the former Attleboro police chief, is challenging his 2011 dismissal from the department.
Two days of hearings are scheduled to take place this week at Attleboro City Hall regarding former police officer Richard Pierce Jr.'s appeal of his 2011 dismissal from the department for alleged use of a Taser during an arrest. Pierce's father, Richard Pierce, was forced to resign as police chief in 2010 because of his interference in the investigation of his son, for which he received a $3,500 fine from the state Ethics Commission.
State Civil Service Commissioner Paul M. Stein will oversee the hearings on Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. They are not open to the public unless Pierce requests them to be. The entire five-member commission will vote on the appeal and issue a written decision, which will become a public document, later this year.
The commission's decision can be appealed to the state Superior Court.
Pierce was fired in February 2011 following an investigation about a 2010 arrest in which he allegedly used a Taser on a suspect. Police union attorney Leigh Panettiere issued a written statement to the media the next month stating, "Once we have had the opportunity to present his case to an impartial hearing officer, Officer Pierce will be vindicated and returned to work."