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Video Shows N.H. Police Beat Man In Custody

SEABROOK, N.H. (UPI) — New Hampshire’s attorney general is investigating a 4-year-old security video recently posted on YouTube depicting police beating a man in a hallway.

The incident took place in Seabrook, N.H., on Nov. 11, 2009, Town Manager Bill Manzi said Tuesday. Originally, Manzi had tasked Seabrook police Chief Lee Bitomske with investigating the video but a department spokesman said the matter had been turned over to the attorney general’s office, Seacoastonline.com reported Wednesday.

Assistant Attorney General Jane Young called the matter an “ongoing criminal investigation.”

The video shows one officer leading a shirtless suspect down a hallway with two other officers behind them. The lead officer stops, slams the man who appears to do nothing by way of provocation into the wall, knocking him to the ground. A second officer steps in and appears to spray pepper spray in the man’s face.

“On behalf of the Board of Selectmen and the chief of police in response to the video in question, the town of Seabrook will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the incident,” Manzi said.

The YouTube poster, going by the screen name Mike Berg, explains in the comments the video was turned over to a lawyer shortly after the incident who subsequently “disappeared” for two years “until I was able to track him down.”

The officers in the video have been suspended. Their identities had not been released.

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