New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster announced today that Trooper Joseph Flynn, 32, of the Massachusetts State Police and Trooper Andrew Monaco, 31, of the New Hampshire State Police have been arrested and charged with simple assault in connection with their use of force during the arrest of Richard Simone Jr. on May 11, 2016. Flynn is charged with two counts of simple assault and Monaco is charged with three counts of simple assault. Flynn was released on $2,000 personal recognizance and Monaco on $3,000 personal recognizance.

The arrest

Police from three agencies, the Massachusetts State Police, New Hampshire State Police and the Nashua, New Hampshire Police Department were involved in the vehicle pursuit that began in Holden, Massachusetts. The chase, reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph, lasted more than an hour and covered 50 miles, ending in Simone’s arrest in Nashua, New Hampshire. The charges relate to that arrest of Simone.

Pursuit

Police had attempted to pull over the 50-year-old Simone in Holden on May 11 for what police said were outstanding warrants for larceny and assault and battery with a deadly weapon. Simone, driving a silver pickup truck, did not stop and the hour-long chase ensued. At the scene of the arrest, helicopter video captured Simone exiting the truck and getting on the ground. The video appears to show one or possibly two officers punching Simone. Both Flynn and Monaco were suspended at the time pending an investigation.

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Reaction to the video

At the time of the incident, both Massachusetts and New Hampshire’s governors commented on the incident. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said, “I thought the video was incredibly disturbing and I’m anxious … to get moving on the investigation and to figure out what’s what as quickly as possible and take the appropriate action.” New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan said, “It is important and appropriate that the attorney general’s office has opened an investigation into the incident.”

Enhanced penalty

Attorney General Foster’s statement said because both troopers were on duty at the time of the incident, they would face more severe penalties if convicted.

Flynn and Monaco are scheduled to be arraigned on September 13, 2016.

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