Friday, May 13, 2016

NH: A crystal clear example of excessive use of force

The footage from the news helicopter shows clearly that the offender was on the ground when he was multiply attacked

A man has been taken in to police custody after leading police on a multi-state chase.

It began around 4 p.m. in Holden, Mass. and went on several major roads including Route 2 and I-495 before continuing on surface roads in New Hampshire.

The chase ended just after 5 p.m. in Nashua, New Hampshire when the suspect, 50-year-old Richard Simone of Worcester, got out of his car and was taken into police custody after a physical altercation.

According to Massachusetts State Police, Simone was wanted on warrants for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, larceny, and failure to stop for police.

"[Mass. State Police] will also review the apprehension of the suspect, to determine whether the level of force deployed during the arrest was appropriate," FOX25 has been told.

Police say in addition to the previous warrant charges, Simone will face charges in Massachusetts and New Hampshire related to the chase.

The New Hampshire District Attorney's office told FOX25 it's unclear which officers were throwing punches. Any charges against officers will depend on the results of an investigation into whether the use of force was appropriate.

Simone was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Original report here

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