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N.H., MA Troopers Charged with Assault for Use of Force Following High-Speed Chase

A screen capture from video showing the end of a police chase in Nashua.

Two state police troopers have been arrested and charged with simple assault after an incident in May in which the troopers allegedly beat a man who led them on a chase northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. 

Attorney General Joseph Foster announced the charges Tuesday afternoon against Trooper Andrew Monaco of the New Hampshire State Police and Trooper Joseph Flynn of the Massachusetts State Police. 

News footage of the incident shows Richard Simone, Jr. of Worcester, Massachusetts slowly stepping out of his truck in Nashua, at the end of the chase. As Simone appears to kneel and put his hands on the ground, a group of officers surrounds him, and at least two punch him multiple times.

Trooper Flynn is charged with two counts of simple assault and Trooper Monaco is charged with three counts of simple assault. Because they were both on duty law enforcement officers at the time, the charges are subject to an enhanced penalty. They are scheduled to be arraigned on September 13th. 

Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered and Writers on a New England Stage at New Hampshire Public Radio. He has served as a producer/announcer/host of Weekend Edition Saturday at Vermont Public Radio and as a reporter/host of Morning Edition at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina.
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