Two cops ‘relieved of duty’ after car chase footage prompts probe
Two officers have been “relieved of duty” while video showing them beating a suspect in the aftermath of a multistate car chase is investigated.
A man who reportedly led police on a chase through Massachusetts and New Hampshire was taken into police custody Wednesday afternoon as footage of his apprehension spread on social media.
Richard Simone, 50, of Worcester, is known to police and the subject of several warrants, according to WBZ. Police told the network Simone refused to stop for officers around 4 p.m. in Holden, prompting the hour-long chase.
Local authorities, with Massachusetts State Police also in pursuit, were reportedly able to stop Simone in Nashua, New Hampshire, when two tires blew out on his gray pickup and he surrendered.
The chase, broadcast online by a number of news networks, ended just after 5 p.m. Video of the chase appears to capture Simone showing officers his hands, exiting the disabled vehicle and kneeling on the ground. Officers slowly approach him with their guns drawn. As Simone began to get on his hands and knees, one officer appears to punch him in the head. Another comes from behind. The officers are seen repeatedly punching or kicking the driver while he lays on the ground. He’s later seen being led away by police.