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Man Posts Video of Alleged Police Brutality Inside Station

Three local police officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into an incident involving a man in custody.

This video screenshot shows what appears to be a Seabrook police officer slamming a DWI suspect head-first into a concrete wall.
This video screenshot shows what appears to be a Seabrook police officer slamming a DWI suspect head-first into a concrete wall.
SEABROOK, N.H. – An aspiring rapper may seek a lawsuit against a local police department because of lasting injuries he claims were suffered during an alleged beating he received while in police custody — an incident that has been captured on video.

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.]

big bri January 25, 2014 at 07:12 PM
For the record, I wasn't laughing at what my mama was saying. I was looking at my penis. I call it Gary Coleman. Because it's so small. Like really small. It's as tiny as a baby midget's pinky toe.
steve January 28, 2014 at 05:03 PM
Torture is still illegal
big bri February 03, 2014 at 05:01 PM
And by "vacation" I mean surgery. And by "surgery" I mean getting the hamster removed from my butt.
jpf2361 March 13, 2014 at 04:07 PM
It has been almost 2 months since this story was published on Patch. WHY is it taking so long for the Investigation of these three THUG Miscreant Cops that were caught on tape Brutally beating a Prisoner in their custody. It was ALL caught on the Police Department's own camera system and Still nothing has happened to them. Except of course, all three are on Paid Adminastrative Leave which is nothing more than a PAID VACATION. If John Q Public was videotaped breaking the law he would have been arrested and charged, so why is there a DOUBLE STANDARD for these scumball cops? I Wonder if they are Laughing now, like they were when they were beating and macing him??

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