Sunday 25 September 2016

Police filmed beating driver after high-speed pursuit

Published 12/05/2016 | 02:41

Still from a video showing police tackling Richard Simone in New Hampshire (WHDH/AP)
Still from a video showing police tackling Richard Simone in New Hampshire (WHDH/AP)

Helicopter video of a high-speed police pursuit in the US shows a driver stepping slowly out of his truck, kneeling and putting his hands on the ground before several officers rush him and start beating him.

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The driver was taken into custody by local police, but Massachusetts state police, who were involved in the pursuit, said they will review whether the force used was appropriate.

The chase started when Richard Simone, of Worcester, Massachusetts, refused to stop for local police in Holden, according to Massachusetts state police.

Simone was wanted on multiple warrants for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, larceny and failure to stop for police, they said.

Holden police chased him, and a state police car followed, they said. The chase went through several towns at speeds of up to 100mph, with the pick-up truck "making abrupt lane changes as the (suspect) continued to try to evade capture".

The chase ended in a residential area in Nashua, New Hampshire, about 50 miles north east of where it started.

News helicopter video shows the pick-up truck stop next to a telegraph pole on a dead-end street before police officers surround it with their weapons drawn. The driver steps from the truck, gets on to the ground and is on all fours and lowering himself when the officers set upon him, throwing punches.

The vehicle pursuit will be reviewed by the Massachusetts state police pursuit committee, which is routine procedure after pursuits. The force will also review Simone's apprehension "to determine whether the level of force deployed during the arrest was appropriate".

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