A Seabrook police officer has been indicted for "unprivileged physical contact" with a criminal suspect thanks to a police surveillance video that surfaced years after the incident. The indictment is good news. It will allow the court system to finally decide whether an officer abused a suspect, as the now public and widely viewed tape appears to show.
Seabrook officer Mark Richardson is shown on the video slamming Michael Bergeron Jr.'s head into a concrete wall as the two of them walked with two other officers down a long hallway. Bergeron posted the video on YouTube this past January, years after the Nov. 11, 2009 incident. It was an immediate Internet sensation.
Bergeron had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol as well as marijuana possession. He was convicted of both in June 2010.
The video appears to show the kind of police brutality suspects allege from time to time, but which seldom is caught on video. It is good news that there will be a trial. Police have to be held to the same standards as everyone else, and any random Joe seen doing the same thing on video certainly would be indicted.