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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.]

Igor January 13, 2014 at 07:51 AM
Janet I agree 100% with you. I'm just saying audio would be even better. Anything to add more info. More can't hurt.
Fred Hughes January 13, 2014 at 08:19 AM
These cops got it so right on this loser. He's a skinny punk who forgot to grow up and get a "real" job. The cops are all well educated and work hard for their $100K+ salary's. If the drug addict took that route he too could have the pleasure of slamming walls with faces. It's a "perk" of the job used frequently.
Zoltan January 13, 2014 at 08:55 AM
The punk will have the last laugh. Unless these cops have some sort of malpractice or liability insurance they'll be paying 50% of every dollar they earn to Bergeron for the rest of their lives.
Fred Hughes January 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM
It's not ($$$$) coming out of our, opps, I mean their pockets!
Igor January 13, 2014 at 06:41 PM
Yo bri, my mom is dead. Hope you enjoyed yourself. Now you need to say something even more stupid then your previous remarks. This will erase any doubts what you mentality is. Sink to the lowest denominator.
Igor January 13, 2014 at 07:47 PM
Thanks for proving it.
Resurrected January 14, 2014 at 08:35 PM
This is funny as hell!
Igor January 15, 2014 at 06:59 PM
What are you smoking? Where and when did I ever say I worked for the FBI? Just statistics are you talking about? I think you have me confused with someone else.
Grant Pollard January 15, 2014 at 09:03 PM
LOL. big bri! My god, man! You're not just a troll. You're frakking King Troll. You have so many arguments going on that you can't even keep track of them. Igor never said he worked for the FBI. That was some dude commenting on the article about the Bolingbrook Officer.
Igor January 15, 2014 at 09:33 PM
LOL
Kyle Stucker (Editor) January 17, 2014 at 11:18 AM
OK — this has gone on for far too long. I have removed several comments, and will continue to do so if you continue to use language and personal attacks, in addition to other things that are strictly against the comment guidelines all of you agreed to before posting on Patch. The only reason I haven't intervened earlier is due to the sheer quantity of large, breaking stories in the past couple of weeks. I will be keeping a much closer eye on it now. Please use a little more respect and decorum on Patch.
Big Bri's Mama January 17, 2014 at 06:53 PM
kyle, my baby will do better. but please dont take away his ability to comment on your site. without telling the peoples in the internet that he smarter than them hes got nada to live for.
Grant Pollard January 17, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Big Bri, the problem isn't people confronting you, it's you confronting them. You're an antagonist, You get off on pushing people's buttons. You have no respect for this site or to those who contribute to it. You're a hypocrite, a coward, and a jerk.
Big Bri's Mama January 17, 2014 at 08:36 PM
hush old man! my baby ain't no coward. he always telling me how tough he is. push this!
steve January 18, 2014 at 07:55 AM
It's torture! Bad cops lie on there police reports too
Igor January 18, 2014 at 09:09 AM
I find all these comments most interesting and informative. The only problem I see is people do not read the entire post, or can not comprehend what si being said.
Big Bri's Mama January 18, 2014 at 04:21 PM
i gots you baby. u aint no hypocrite. so whats if yous makes fun of them peoples in the internet for failing to consistently use the good grammar in the internet when yous dont be using it all the time youself? and so whats if yous act like a tough guy in the internet and mock them peoples for doing the same?and so whats if yous says yous aint gonna get so angry when them peoples come at yous and then get so angry when them peoples at come yous?
Igor January 18, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Thanks Grant. I feel we are dealing with a person that has no friends (nor is he going to acquire any with his attitude). I like discussions. I don't like having my butt broken everyday. Too bad the Patch can't recognize an antagonist deal with them.
Grant Pollard January 18, 2014 at 07:15 PM
I agree, Igor. Big Bri adds nothing to these discussions with his ill-founded logic and opinions. Big bri reminds me of my favorite Raylan Givens quote. "You ever hear the saying 'you run into an a-hole in the morning, you ran into an a-hole; you run into a-holes all day, you're the a-hole.'" Big Bri, you're an a-hole.
Grant Pollard January 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM
Big Bri, thank you for proving my point. You mocked Igor's intelligence and suggested that he start proof reading his posts. The plural form of genius is geniuses not genius'. EPIC FAIL!
Igor January 23, 2014 at 04:43 PM
Yes but not in the freedom of stupity.
Kyle Stucker (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Last time, guys. I just cleared out several recent posts. You — and you know who you are — will be banned if I see a single additional comment that is out of line. I also respectfully ask that you move on and comment on a different article instead of fighting with each other on this one.
Kyle Stucker (Editor) January 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Apologies to everyone that this is taking place on Hampton-North Hampton Patch, and I also apologize that I haven't been able to keep a closer eye on this thread.
Igor January 24, 2014 at 01:39 PM
Thanks
Big Bri's Mama January 24, 2014 at 06:56 PM
[Kyle, the solution to the problem isn't deleting comments. Patch needs to ban Big Bri. He's not looking to have a constructive conversation. He just wants to bounce from police article to police article and throw around his deep hatred of the police without offering any substance or facts. And when other commenters question his opinion, he berates them. He's convinced himself he's two steps ahead, when he's really about fifteen back. The Patch community will be better off without Big Bri and his Mama.]
Big Bri's Mama January 24, 2014 at 07:26 PM
I'm aware of freedom of speech. You have all the rights to come on here and act like a donkey, within the terms and regulations that Patch has setup. Just like I had the right to come on here and make you look a horses back-end. You're a witless bully who indulges in hypocrisy. And the truth is I'm better than you. I'm smarter, funnier, and craftier. Of course, you're a Patch man forever. That will be your life. As of now, I'm done. I won. You can comment back, but I won't ever read it.
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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