Two cops ‘re­lieved of duty’ af­ter car chase footage prompts probe

Metro USA (Boston) - - BOSTON - CHRIS CAE­SAR

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.

The footage PRO­VIDED

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