Officer’s firing upheld by civil service board

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The Civil Service Commission has upheld the firing of a Braintree police officer last April, concluding that the former officer “twice demonstrated a willingness to place the well-being of a friend before the law, his fellow officers, and the public.”

Paul Venuto was terminated from his job at the Braintree Police Department in April 2012 for allegedly trying to interfere in the arrests of two of his friends in 2008 and 2009.

Venuto filed an appeal contesting his dismissal with the Civil Service Commission, which reviewed the case and issued its decision on Aug. 22.

Stephen C. Pfaff, an attorney representing Venuto, said Venuto does not plan to appeal the Civil Service Commision’s decision.

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