New Hampshire authorities arrested two state troopers and charged them with assault for their actions during a violent arrest captured on video in May, the Washington Post reports. The May arrest occurred after a long police chase that began in Massachusetts and ended in New Hampshire, after which at least two officers were seen on the video repeatedly punching the driver who had led the pursuit. After video of the incident began to spread online, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster, launched a criminal investigation into the episode.
Foster announced yesterday that troopers Joseph Flynn, 32, of the Massachusetts State Police, and Andrew Monaco, 31, of the New Hampshire State Police were charged with simple assault for their use of force during the arrest. Footage of the May 11 chase and arrest emerged during a time of increased scrutiny of how police officers use force. The chase that stretched from Massachusetts to New Hampshire began when the Holden, Ma., police tried to stop a pickup truck driven by Richard Simone, 50, who was the subject of warrants for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, larceny and failure to stop for officers.