A high speed, multi-state police chase ended on May 11 with the police beating the suspect, Richard Simone, black and blue. Unbeknownst to the officers, their violent attack was being broadcast on live TV! Click to watch.
The video of the arrest of Richard Simone, 50, is utterly chilling. The man, wanted on multiple charges, had surrendered to the police following a high-speed pursuit though two states. Yet, though he had given up, the police him still beat him into a bloody pulp and it was all caught on video!
Richard was out of his truck with his hands raised in the air, surrendering to the police after leading them on a wild chase on May 11, according to Buzzfeed. As he knelt with his hands on the ground, the officers started punching Richard in the head and the torso, probably completely unaware that their violent attack was being broadcast live TV.
Prior to this attack, Richard led the officers on a chase that started in Holden, Massachusetts around 4:00 P.M. EST. It ended up in the town of Hudson, New Hampshire, about an hour later. Richard was wanted on multiple warrants and he refused to stop, leading to a dramatic pursuit that ended with him getting badly beaten on the ground.
The New Hampshire Attorney General, Joseph Foster announced an investigation following this incident. “We will…determine what force was used, by whom, and if it was appropriate under the law,” Jeffrey Strelzin, senior assistant attorney general, said in a statement to the Boston Globe. A Massachusetts state trooper involved in the attack was relieved of duty, as Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard D. McKeon said the trooper’s actions were “disturbing.”
— ABC News (@ABC) May 12, 2016
Richard is wanted on charges in Massachusetts of larceny, failure to stop, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. David Procopio, a Massachusetts State Police Spokesman, says that the department will “review” this shocking arrest, “including whether the level of force used was appropriate.”
This video is absolutely devastating to watch, especially after all the previous of examples of police using excessive force. There was the Texas officer who pulled a gun on teenagers at a pool party, even throwing one down to the ground. There’s also the tragedy of Laquan McDonald, the 17-year-old who was shot 16 times by a Chicago Police officer. There’s also the case of Freddie Gray, whose death caused the destructive Baltimore Riots in 2015. Sadly, these are just a handful of controversial cases of the police possibly going too far.
What do you think about this video of Richard Simone’s arrest, HollywoodLifers? What do you think the police officers should be punished?