Thirty miles south of Rochester, a New Hampshire man has released a video showing him being beaten by Seabrook police officers following a 2009 arrest.
Three officers are seen in the video slamming the man into a wall after his arrest for drunken driving in November 2009.
In the video, the trio of policemen is escorting the man down a hallway when suddenly one of the officers slams the slender, then-19-year-old DUI suspect head-first into a wall.
The slumped-over suspect is then pulled back to his feet. He takes a couple of unsteady steps before collapsing to the floor.
The three cops in the video have been suspended with pay, and both federal and state investigators are now looking into the incident.
According to a media report, police say the suspect "was violent, aggressive and spitting on them" as he was being taken into custody and processed.
However, the coastal city's police chief characterized the incident as "a major setback" that casts "a dark cloud" over his department.
He hastened to reassure residents that the department has professionals on its staff. There was no endorsement from him in the report we read of the officers involved, or their behavior in the incident.
The DUI/DWI suspect in the case apparently posted the video on YouTube. He noted that the assault caused a permanent lump to his head and that he suffers from brain injuries as a result of the incident.
Like everyone else, we'll await the results of the investigations of the incident, but we do note that police misbehavior is sometimes a factor in DUI arrests and other matters. It's a factor that could well affect charges against a defendant or results at trial; the legal options should be discussed with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: New York Daily News, "SEE IT: Video shows New Hampshire officers assaulting man during arrest," Philip Caulfield, Jan. 9, 2014