Mike "MJB" Bergeron, a Seabrook resident, has posted a Seabrook police station surveillance video on YouTube that Bergeron claims shows Seabrook police officers slamming him face-first into a cinderblock wall and pepper spraying him while he was already on the floor. The video is posted above this story.
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The alleged police brutality occurred following Bergeron's driving while intoxicated arrest on Nov. 11, 2009. The video was posted Monday and began surfacing in multiple channels within the community shortly thereafter.
Seabrook Town Manager Bill Manzi, who confirmed the existence of video to Patch on Jan. 6, said Tuesday that three of the officers shown in the video "have been placed on administrative leave" pending the "results" of the town's "comprehensive investigation into the incident."
Bergeron explains his version of the incident in his description of the 3-minute, 46-second video, which had garnered over 6,000 views and roughly 50 comments as of the morning of Jan. 7:
"charged with a dwi and tried explaining that I wasn't drunk and they could be out catching actual criminals. then after being in the cell for a while waiing for a bail bonds man I was taken out and brought in the booking room to call for a ride. after calling a ride I was told I could take my phone that I called from and my wallet. as soon as I greabbed my wallet from the table he officer with the glasses came at me saying he never told me I could take my stuff and choked me against the wall then tried to grab the wallet from my pocket. once he got the wallet and my phone this is what happened. there was no lawsuit made due to the fact I found a lawyer and the lawyer took the tapes and disappeared for 2 years until I finally tracked him down and go it back but now I think its to late to do anything with it even though I have a permanent lump on the back of my head chipped teeth and brain injuries but talking to a lawyer soon well see what happens."
Bergeron couldn't immediately be reached for additional comment.
Manzi declined to disclose the names of the officers and other details about the incident on Jan. 7.
He said the town's investigation "will focus on adherence to established Seabrook Police Department protocols and procedures," and that Police Chief Lee Bitomske and other town officials wouldn't comment publicly about the matter on Jan. 7.
[Editor's note: This story was originally posted on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 7. Numerous other stories have since been written about the incident, and a list of those stories can be found above.]