May 20, 2015 5:48 PM
Mother of man hurt by alleged Seabrook police assault testifies
BRENTWOOD - The mother of a man who was allegedly assaulted by former Seabrook police officer Mark Richardson said her son reeked of pepper spray and showed other signs of injury when she bailed him out on drunk driving charges in November of 2009.
Joyce Bergeron, of Seabrook, said the pepper spray was so pungent that she started to have effects from it.
"My skin was on fire, my eyes were really burning," Bergeron told the jury on the second day of Richardson's trial at Rockingham County Superior Court.
Bergeron said Michael's face was red and swollen. He had bruising by his ear, and a lump on his head.
Bergeron's said one of her son's toes swelled and turned purple. He told her he felt as if it had been broken.
Bergeron took pictures of Michael's injuries, and turned them over to the Attorney General's Office, which investigated the incident, and pressed a simple assault charge against Richardson, 40, of West Newbury, Mass.
She also requested a copy of surveillance videos from the Seabrook Police Department, because her son, who was 19-years-old at the time, could not remember what had happened to cause his head and ear injuries. The video (seen below) was eventually posted to YouTube by Michael, and Richardson was terminated from his position.
Bergeron told the court that Michael knew what had happened to him was wrong, even though he was belligerently drunk and behaving badly while being held. She said she could hear him screaming, "you can't do this to me, I want my mother," when she walked into the police department to put up $40 in bail money.
Richardson's trial is expected to last through the end of this week. If convicted, he could be sentenced to two to five years in New Hampshire State Prison, and be forced to pay a $4,000 fine.
Richardson will take the witness stand in his own defense, according to attorney Peter Perroni.