BRENTWOOD, N.H. — A police officer who was fired after he was caught on tape roughing up a suspect at police headquarters in Seabrook, New Hampshire, is facing trial.

The surveillance video shows Officer Mark Richardson slamming the suspect’s head into a wall. He’s been charged with simple assault in connection with the Nov. 11, 2009, encounter at the police station.

The suspect, Michael Bergeron, had been charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of drugs. Other officers said Bergeron was struggling and uncooperative when Richardson forced him into the wall.

Three other officers received disciplinary action following the incident.

A jury was picked for Richardson’s trial Monday and opening statements were scheduled Tuesday in Rockingham Superior Court.


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