Caught on camera: excessive force or appropriate detainment?

May 13, 2016 12:10 PM by NBC News

There is new fallout, in the police beating of a suspect who led authorities on a high-speed chase.

A helicopter overhead recorded it all, as officers rained down blows on the man, as he lay on the ground.

Some of those officers are now facing disciplinary action.

A disturbing conclusion to a car chase that spanned two states -- all caught on camera.

After an hour-long pursuit dramatic aerial video captured the suspect getting out of his truck, kneeling and putting his hands on the ground - seeming to surrender. Police move in and at least two officers appear to repeatedly punch him.

Two of those officers - who have not been identified - have been relieved of their duties.

The unnecessary, unjustified use of force will not be tolerated by this agency,” said col. Robert Quinn, New Hampshire State Police director

It started Wednesday afternoon when Massachusetts police tried to pull over Richard Simone who had several outstanding warrants.

Police say he refused to stop, and took off.

Leading them on a nearly 50-mile chase through Massachusetts and into New Hampshire, tearing through several towns. At times, speeding more than 100 miles per hour.

Eventually, Simone came to a stop on a dead-end street in a New Hampshire neighborhood.

His cousin believes the officers' force was excessive.

Whatever he did to lead up to this chase, he definitely deserves a punishment, but that type of punishment, he does not deserve,” Jesse Biziewski, Simone's cousin said of the beating.

Simone is 50 years old. Police say he was wanted on warrants including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and larceny.

In a New Hampshire court Thursday, he agreed to return to Massachusetts to face previous charges.

“Mr. Simone looks forward to going back to Massachusetts and handling these charges there,” Anthony Sculimbrene, Simone's lawyer said.

Local and state police from both Massachusetts and New Hampshire were involved in the pursuit.


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