CRIME

Televised Police Chase Ends With Officers Beating Suspect

TV cameras pulled back and broadcasters used euphemisms rather than describing what happened.

Police officers beat a suspect on television following a car chase through Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Wednesday. 

As news helicopters circled overhead, the driver of the pickup truck involved in the pursuit opened the driver's door and crawled on his hands and knees in Hudson, New Hampshire. About eight officers closed in on him, some with their guns drawn, and at least two officers struck the man. One of the officers pummeled the man with repeated blows. 

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) called for a full investigation, according to the Boston Globe, and the state attorney general's office said it would begin a probe. "All New Hampshire public safety officials are held to the highest standards, and the Governor expects this will be fully investigated," spokeswoman Ricki Eshman said in a statement to the Boston Globe.

Massachusetts State Police will investigate its officers' conduct during the pursuit and arrest in separate reviews, the agency said in a statement. "That review will investigate whether the level of force used was appropriate given the totality of the circumstances." said spokesman David Procopio. 

Police identified the man they arrested as Richard Simone, 50, and said he had been wanted on charges of burglary and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The chase began when Simone refused to stop for police in Holden, Massachusetts, near the state line, according to WCVB. From there, the pursuit wound through Concord, Littleton, Chelmsford, Billerica, Nashua, Hudson and several other towns.

Officers from Massachusetts State Police, New Hampshire State Police and local departments in both states were involved in the chase, Massachusetts troopers said. Propcopio's statement didn't identify which agencies were present during the arrest. 

News footage shows Simone's pickup stopped and the driver crawling from the vehicle as officers surround him.

"Now they're incorporating the arrest," a WFXT newscaster said as officers pounced on the man and the aerial camera pulled back. The station's broadcaster didn't appear to address the violence as it unfolded. 

CBS Boston, which carried the footage, also used euphemisms to describe the action. 

"Here's the video as they approach him, and they take care of him when he gets outside the cab of that truck," the CBS broadcaster says.

Neither WFXT nor CBS Boston immediately responded to HuffPost's requests for comment.

Other news footage captured about 30 seconds from the time the driver steps out of the truck. 

"No details on what precipitated this," a reporter says as the suspect stands with arms handcuffed behind his back. "But it was with great force that they get that guy on the ground."

This article has been updated to include comment from Gov. Hassan's office.