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Jan 29, 2016 12:35 PM

Arbitrator upholds Seabrook police officer's 2014 demotion

The Associated Press

SEABROOK (AP) — A southeastern New Hampshire police officer won't be returning to his old position of lieutenant after an arbitrator ruled that he covered up a 2009 police brutality incident.

The Portsmouth Herald reports arbitrator Parker Denaco determined on Jan. 22 that the town of Seabrook was justified in demoting John Wasson to patrolman in 2014.

Denaco's 36-page decision stated that Wasson failed in his duties as supervisor on Nov. 11, 2009, when former officer Mark Richardson slammed 19-year-old Michael Bergeron Jr's head into a wall.

The arbitrator also found that Wasson attempted to cover up the incident in 2014 when Bergeron posted surveillance video of the assault to YouTube.

Wasson was one of four members of the Seabrook Police Department that were punished for their roles.

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