Three police officers from Seabrook, N.H., have been suspended with pay after a video surfaced which shows one of them throwing a young man against a wall at the police department.
According to Gawker, the video is surveillance footage from 2009, but it was only uploaded to YouTube this week by the 19-year-old, who identified himself as Michael Bergeron, Jr.
“The chief and I were both made aware of it when it was put onto YouTube yesterday,” said Seabrook Town Manager William Manzi III. “And the chief tells me he had no knowledge of the existence of the tape.”
Bergeron was arrested for drug possession and drunk driving, according to police reports obtained by WBZ-TV.
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The officers say the teen was aggressive; he was yelling and using profanity, kicking the police cruiser, not obeying orders and stuffed his shirt down the toilet.
“He was on something,” Seabrook Deputy Police Chief Michael Gallagher told WBZ-TV. “That doesn’t excuse any improper behavior on the part of the officers.”
Bergeron allegedly has brain injuries from the incident and that the video just emerged recently because his lawyer had the tape and was gone for two years.
“I know there will be a lot of folks who will rightfully have opinions about it,” Manzi said of the video to the Union Leader.
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“My position is, we need to give the chief adequate time to get to the bottom of it and conduct a fair, thorough and impartial investigation and then at that point we’ll be able to say a little bit more.”
The officers seen in the video have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation is being conducted.
Although the police chief is leading the investigation, outside authorities may be brought in, Manzi said.
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