Nov 1, 2016 11:00 AM
Newmarket TV manager accused of destroying evidence of activist's alleged assault
NEWMARKET — A television station manager in Newmarket has been suspended after he allegedly destroyed evidence of him assaulting a right-to-know activist during a school board meeting.
Jeffrey Clay of Alton was sitting in the front row with a sign that read "NMSB Liars Resign!" during the televised Oct. 20 meeting. Chris Williams allegedly rushed up to Clay, shook him from side to side and took the sign out of his hands, the Union Leader reported.
Clay claims that his right arm was injured and his neck hurt after the assault. He also claims that he pleaded for help as Williams could be heard in the back of the room saying "If you hold up that sign again I'm going to do much worse to you."
The incident is being investigated by Stratham police, who are looking into if Williams destroyed video evidence of the incident.
On the television channel's Facebook page, someone posted that they were having technical difficulties at the beginning of the meeting. However, Clay says he knows at least one person who saw the assault as it was televised live.
In addition to simple assault charges, Williams could also be charged with tampering with evidence if it is found that he did tamper with the video, police said.
Newmarket's Town Administrator Steve Fornier confirmed with the UL that Williams has been suspended until the police and internal investigation is completed.