NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Troopers in two states were suspended Thursday amid an ongoing criminal investigation into police use of force against a suspect who was filmed being beaten by officers after apparently surrendering following a long high-speed chase.
One Massachusetts state trooper and one New Hampshire state trooper were suspended after a 50-mile police pursuit that started in Holden, Massachusetts, and ended in Nashua, New Hampshire. The driver, Richard Simone Jr., was arrested after he stepped slowly from his pickup truck, kneeled and put his hands on the ground. Footage from a news helicopter shows officers then setting upon him, pummeling him with punches.
I understand why the officers were angry after a 50 mile road chase going over 100 mph thorough mostly back roads, but they're totally out of control in this video. They're probably going to face assault charges, lose their jobs, and cost the taxpayers millions of dollars in the inevitable civil suit. Basically they've made this dirtbag a millionaire. I bet everyone involved soon will wish they just slapped the cuffs on him, if they don't already.