NPH Lawyers Win Excessive Force Trial On Behalf of New Hampshire Police Sergeant: Prosecution’s case was based primarily on helmet camera video evidence.


On December 11, 2014, after a contentious three-day trial in Strafford County Superior Court, Nolan Perroni Harrington, LLP lawyers Peter Perroni and Meghan Cooper successfully obtained a Not Guilty verdict on behalf of a Farmington, NH (NEPBA Local 212) Police Sergeant accused of assault during the arrest of an individual in June 2013. The trial involved so-called “helmet cam” video evidence of the encounter between police and the suspect, who was being taken into custody for a felony reckless conduct charge. After striking the officer with his motor vehicle and then fleeing the scene, the suspect was apprehended outside of his home. During a time of unprecedented scrutiny of police use of force, Attorneys Perroni and Cooper convinced the Court that the force used by the Sergeant was reasonable in the circumstances and necessary to effectuate the arrest of the individual.

Both the New Hampshire Union Leader and Foster Daily Democrat covered the story extensively. Links to coverage are below.

Lowell hit over hiring of Lavallee

Lowell Sun-

State criticizes Lynch’s decision to promote chief with no bargaining
ByLyle Moran and Christopher Scott
Updated:   07/03/2012

Click Above to Read 18-page decision written by Department of Labor Relations Hearing Officer Margaret Sullivan

LOWELL — A state agency has ruled that the city violated state law when it signed a 2007 contract with Lowell Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee without first bargaining with the Lowell Superior Officers Association over the impact the contract would have on other union members.

According to the 18-page decision written by Department of Labor Relations Hearing Officer Margaret Sullivan and released June 28, the city also violated state law by dealing directly with a union member, Lavallee, about matters subject to union negotiation, instead Continue reading

Police chief, union fight spirals; 2 officers alleging retaliation

The Telegram & Gazette, By Lee Hammel 

WORCESTER – Tensions between the chief of police and the patrolmen’s union continue to flare more than three years after an incident in which a police officer, while off-duty, was accused of pistol-whipping two teenagers and kicking one of them.

The decision to terminate Patrolman David F. Rawlston, the officer involved in the incident, has resulted in charges by the union that Police Chief Gary J. Gemme retaliated against the sergeant investigating the case because that sergeant disagreed with the chief.  Continue reading

Controversies Still Swirling Around Corrections Officers’ Suspensions

National Public Radio  – by Elaine Grant on Thursday, August 12, 2010

The attorney general’s office is expected to file a motion on Friday requesting that the Personnel Appeals Board rehear a case involving two state prison guards. The two have been suspended for months without pay and benefits. The Personnel Appeals Board has called the suspensions both unjust and wrong. The case has become so controversial that it’s rising to the governor’s office. Continue reading

Hearing weighs who can intervene in LGC case

Fosters News Service, By LAURENNE RAMSDELL,  October 19, 2011
CONCORD — The second administrative hearing involving the Local Government Center was entirely focused on the term “interested parties,” as attorneys went back and forth Tuesday over which entities should be involved in proceeding hearings.

 Attorneys Glen Milner and Peter Perroni, who represent the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire and the New England Police Benevolent Association as well as tens of thousands of individuals affiliated with unions and organizations looking to intervene in the proceedings, explained to Hearings Officer Don Mitchell that their clients should be considered “interested parties” because of the large amounts of money they have paid to the LGC.

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Dracut cops cleared of deception in drug probe


The Lowell SunBy Robert Mills — June 23, 2011

DRACUT — Two Dracut police officers on paid administrative leave since May 2010, when they were accused of being intentionally deceptive during an investigation into the theft of marijuana from a police-evidence trailer, have been cleared of those allegations under an agreement with the town. Continue reading

Tyngsboro police union sues town for Quinn Bill money

THE LOWELL SUN,  By John Collins

January 25, 2011

TYNGSBORO — The Tyngsboro Police Officers Association is suing the town for more than $90,000 in wages for college-educated officers, also known as Quinn Bill money, that the town was contractually obligated to pay last year but did not, the union’s lawyer has informed the town.

In a letter from the police officers’ attorney, Gary Nolan, on Jan. 7 that was made public at last night’s selectmen’s meeting, Nolan notified Town Administrator Michael Gilleberto that the state’s decision to stop funding 50 percent of all Quinn Bill payments to local police does not let the town off the hook for paying the contractually agreed-upon total of $181,200 for fiscal 2010, which ended last June. Continue reading

Police Lieut. to Get City Pay While on Military Active Duty

By The Advocate, Everett, MA

October 29, 2010

Because Everett accepted the “local option” provision of a certain state law 63 years ago, the city is legally obligated to pay a member of the police department his full city pay while he’s on active duty in the military.  As a result, the board of aldermen had no choice earlier this week but to approve payment of $104,851.23 to Lieut. Paul Landry to cover his 2009 city salary.  The payment also includes incentives to which Landry is entitled under the Quinn Bill. Continue reading