A Massachusetts State Police officer who is accused of assaulting a man during an arrest captured on live television was indicted by a grand jury for two enhanced misdemeanor counts of simple assault, according to reports.
Joseph Flynn is facing the charges filed by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office in connection to the arrest of Richard Simone, 50, of Worcester, Massachusetts.
The chase started in Holden, Massachusetts, but culminated in Nashua, New Hampshire on May 11, hence the charges filed in that state.
News footage from the time captures police repeatedly punching Simone after he got out of his truck and surrendered on his knees. The footage prompted governors from both states, as well as former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, to express concern about the nature of the arrest.
Andrew Monaco, a then New Hampshire State Police officer also charged in connection with the assault, pleaded guilty in August, NECN reported. His plea deal allowed him to avoid jail time.