NH and Mass. troopers on leave as force used during police chase arrest is investigated
NASHUA - New Hampshire State Police are taking a strong stand after Wednesday's car chase that ended in a controversial arrest of a Massachusetts man. The video has gone viral, and called into the question the use of force by police. The NHSP Trooper involved has been relieved from duty and the Attorney General is conducting a criminal investigation. The Massachusetts State Trooper involved has also been relieved of duty as they conduct their own investigation.
It all started with a police chase from Holden, Massachusetts and ended in Nashua.
The suspect, Richard Simone appeared in a Nashua courtroom Thursday, facing a fugitive from justice charge. The 50-year-old from Worcester, Massachusetts is wanted in that state on several charges including larceny and assault with a dangerous weapon.
During his arraignment he had a visibly swollen eye and bloody ear. His defense team raised questions about his injuries.
Simone waived his right to fight extradition from New Hampshire to Massachusetts where he will face several new charges.
He's being held without bail until he is picked up by Massachusetts authorities.
Everyone is talking about the helicopter video that showed the officers taking him into custody. The reaction to the video is almost split down the middle. Some are calling for charges against the officers, others say Simone put too many lives in danger and "got what he deserved."
“I’m sure they were really mad that, with great reason, however they didn't have to use excessive force,” said Jen Smith of Nashua.
“I mean it's aggressive, but you know what sometimes it needs to happen. They didn't shoot him, right?” said Lonnie Jones also a Nashua resident.
“I couldn't believe my eyes! I don't care what the man did he did not deserve that,” said Kathy Persall of Nashua.