Nov 6, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 2, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
Seabrook police officer indicted for assaulting prisoner in station
Officer Mark Richardson was an on-duty law enforcement officer at the time of the arrest of Michael Bergeron Jr., on Nov. 11, 2009. The video, which surfaced on YouTube in January, shows Richardson slamming Bergeron’s head against the wall while he and two other officers were leading him down a hallway.
Associate Attorney General Jane Young said Thursday the investigation began in January after the video was posted and Seabrook police notified the AG’s office.
It remained unclear Thursday how the surveillance video remained undiscovered for so long.
“Because this is a pending criminal matter, we are not able to divulge that information,” Young said. “When law enforcement in this office became aware of the video, the investigation was launched.”
A Rockingham County Grand Jury indicted Richardson for having “unprivileged physical contact” with Bergeron, who was then 19. Because Richardson was an on-duty law enforcement officer at the time, the count of simple assault could carry enhanced penalties of up to two to five years in state prison and a $4,000 fine.
Richardson is due to be arraigned April 24 in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Seabrook police did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment Thursday evening.
The grand jury did not indict officer Adam Laurent, who was shown using pepper spray on Bergeron.
Officers Richardson, Laurent and Keith Dietenhofer were placed on paid administrative leave in January.
Richardson apparently never wrote a report about his involvement in Bergeron’s arrest.
In his report, Laurent wrote that he saw Richardson perform what appeared to be an “arm bar” on Bergeron.
Bergeron fell to the floor and then stood with Richardson’s help.
“Bergeron fell to the floor again and crawled on all fours, not responding to Officer Richardson’s orders. Due to Bergeron’s prior spitting and failure to comply to anyone’s order as he was on an emotional rollercoaster I pepper sprayed him as he looked back at us in the hallway,” wrote Laurent, who is the husband of Greenland Police Chief Tara Laurent.
Police said the incident began when officer David Hersey stopped Bergeron’s 1996 Jeep Cherokee after he failed to stop at a stop sign and was seen speeding. Hersey said he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and that Bergeron’s eyes “were glassy and his speech was slow and slurred,” the report said.
Bergeron was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of marijuana. He was found guilty on both charges in June 2010; he was fined and had his license suspended for 18 months.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Judge OKs early release for former teacher convicted of possessing child porn - 0
- Nashua man indicted for allegedly shooting girlfriend - 0
- Manchester 7-Eleven robbed for fourth time - 0
- Manchester couple faces robbery, theft charges after Salem mall incident - 0
- Chainsaw-wielding man facing multiple charges over Sept. incident - 0
- Woman faces assault charge after Monopoly game gets out of hand - 14
- Plea deal gives shooter 15-30 years in 2012 death of Manchester man - 0
- Missouri governor urges calm ahead of grand jury decision on shooting; findings to be announced at 9 p.m. - 0
- Two Manchester brothers indicted in Nashua drive-by shooting - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: It took a while, but now they're on Wright track - 0
- Newmarket blacksmith has forged a career shaping the elementsof steel - 0
- Kathy Sullivan: We need to rethink some of our county government positions - 0
- Pipes and plans: A chance to show up Mass. - 0
- H.S. Football Power Poll: No doubt - Astros finish on top - 0
- College Hockey: Wildcats home to RPI on Tuesday night - 0
- Manchester school board OK's contract for driver’s ed program - 0
- Unrest erupts after grand jury decides against charges in Ferguson, Mo., shooting - 0
- Malkin, Crosby foil Bruins in overtime - 0
Clinton has 'historic' lead in poll
Sources say former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card to be tapped as Franklin Pierce president
Randy Johnson, Pedro, Smoltz lead HOF ballot
Tough task for NH budget writers
Pipes and plans: A chance to show up Mass.
Teacher 'thrilled' at being reinstated
Paul, Christie share lead in primary poll
- Whom do you think bears the brunt of the blame for the mayhem this weekend in Keene?
- KSC students
- KSC administration
- Visitors from out of town
- A combination of any/all of the above
- Total Votes: 2483