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Two New England Troopers Face Charges Following Police Chase

The charges stem from their alleged use of force in the arrest of a Worcester, Massachusetts man

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    Two state troopers from New England are facing charges following an arrest that resulted from a police chase back in May. (Published Tuesday, July 19, 2016)

    Two state troopers from New England are facing charges following an arrest that resulted from a police chase back in May.

    Massachusetts State Police Trooper Joseph Flynn, 32, and New Hampshire State Police Trooper Andrew Monaco, 31, are both charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor, by the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.

    The charges stem from their alleged use of force in the arrest of Richard Simone, 50, of Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 11, in Nashua, New Hampshire.

    Necn helicopter footage shows police repeatedly punching Simone after he got out of his truck and got down on his knees, after leading police on a very lengthy chase from Holden, Massachusetts to New Hampshire.

    According to the complaints in New Hampshire, Trooper Flynn allegedly used his hand to strike Simone's back and his hand on the right side of Simone's body above his waist.

    The complaints also say Trooper Monaco allegedly struck Simone on the left side of his head with his hand, lacerating his ear, and also drove his knee into his torso.

    In all, they say Trooper Monaco delivered what appeared to be 12 punches and two knee strikes, while Trooper Flynn appeared to deliver 8 punches, all while the New Hampshire Attorney General's office said Simone appeared to be prone on the ground, submitting to the arrest and making no aggressive movements.

    The attorney general's office also said they interviewed a New Hampshire state police supervisor and said after the incident, Trooper Monaco approached that supervisor and said numerous times, "I (expletive) up Sarge, I'm sorry, I (expletive) up."

    Trooper Monaco also stated to another officer on scene "I just ruined my life over one (expletive)."

    After the incident, New Hampshire State Police said Trooper Monaco was immediately relieved from his duties.

    Massachusetts State Police said Trooper Flynn has been suspended with pay.

    Both departments are conducting their own internal investigations.

    Trooper Flynn and Monaco have been released on personal recognizance and will be arraigned in Nashua on September 13th.

    Meantime, Simone has a lengthy criminal record.

    Necn reached out to Trooper Flynn's attorney, but did not immediately hear back.

    It's still not clear who's representing Trooper Monaco.


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