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Seabrook police officer charged with assaulting suspect after video of incident surfaces

A Seabrook police officer who was caught on tape slamming a suspect’s head into a concrete wall was indicted yesterday on an assault charge.

The state attorney general said Mark Richardson was charged with assault in connection with the Nov. 11, 2009, encounter at the Seabrook police station. In surveillance video, Richardson is seen shoving then-19-year-old Michael Bergeron into a wall.

Bergeron had been arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and drug possession. Other officers said he was struggling and uncooperative when Richardson forced him into the wall.

A second Seabrook officer, Adam Laurent, sprayed Bergeron with pepper spray. He was not indicted.

Richardson faces up to five years in prison and a $4,000 fine if convicted.

Legacy Comments2

Finally! The other officers that were there, and did nothing to protect the suspect, should be charged as well. How many cruisers have 'to serve and protect' written on the cruiser? Many. They are not to protect only the innocent but those who act like jerks.

"Other officers said he was struggling and uncooperative when Richardson forced him into the wall."...they should be fired.

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