Officers Adam Laurent and Mark Richardson are without jobs after an investigation determined their aggressiveness against then 19-year-old Michael Bergeron was unwarranted. In the surveillance video, which was only released earlier this year, Officers Laurent and Richardson, along with Officer Keith Dietenhofer, can be seen escorting Bergeron down the hall at the police station when Richardson suddenly shoved him head first into the wall.
As Bergeron slumped over onto the ground, Officer Laurent sprayed him with pepper spray.
Following the incident, Richardson was charged with assault, and all three officers were placed on paid leave. Richardson was ultimately suspended without pay once he was officially charged with a crime. Officer Dietenhofer was given a two-day unpaid suspension, and now, Richardson and Laurent have been fired. Additionally, John Wasson, the supervising officer on duty that night, was demoted from lieutenant to patrolman, even though he was not directly involved with the incident itself.
“No chief wants something like this to happen on his watch or any of the discipline that comes down,” said Chief Lee Bitomske to WMUR. “We’re a family, as everybody knows, and it’s tough, but we move ahead.”
h/t mike berg