A Massachusetts state trooper was acquitted in New Hampshire on Thursday on charges of assaulting a suspect who had surrendered in Nashua after leading officers on a multistate chase.
A spokeswoman for the New Hampshire court system confirmed Trooper Joseph Flynn, 33, of Tewksbury was cleared of two counts of simple assault by an on-duty law enforcement officer in the May 2016 beating of suspect Richard Simone Jr.
The ugly confrontation was captured by television helicopter cameras as it played out on a residential street in Nashua, where Simone had exited his vehicle after initially refusing to pull over for police in Holden, Mass., who tried to apprehend him on open assault and larceny charges.
Flynn and his codefendant, former New Hampshire Trooper Andrew Monaco, were among a group of officers captured on film as Simone finally stopped after running into a cruiser, then getting out of his vehicle and kneeling before officers struck him repeatedly.
Monaco pleaded guilty in August 2016 to similar charges after agreeing to never work as a law enforcement officer again. He resigned from the New Hampshire force in July 2016.
Massachusetts State Police had suspended Flynn without pay after he was charged criminally, and an internal agency review of the incident is still pending. He remains suspended without pay, State Police spokesman David Procopio said Thursday.
“We will schedule a departmental hearing to assess his duty status in light of today’s verdict,” Procopio wrote in an e-mail.
Attempts to reach Flynn’s lawyer and New Hampshire prosecutors for comment were not immediately successful.
Massachusetts State Police Colonel Richard McKeon said shortly after the incident last year that his agency expects “all department members to act at all times with integrity, honor, and adherence to the law.”Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.