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January 22, 2014

Hickey: No tolerance for excessive force

Freda charged with beating suspect with flashlight


Templeton, 39, was injured during the arrest, suffering lacerations to the head. Freda allegedly hit Templeton with the flashlight and stepped on his hand while he was handcuffed and on the ground, according to the attorney general’s report.

The police pursuit Oct. 6 began about 2 a.m. with Windham Police Sgt. Bryan Bliss following a Jeep Cherokee on Interstate 93 south. New Hampshire State Police Trooper Andrew Monaco took the lead in the pursuit near Exit 2. He reported the Jeep was traveling about 90 to 100 mph.

The Jeep got off the highway at Exit 1 in Salem and sped down Veterans Memorial Parkway, according to a report. The pursuit ended a short time later when the Jeep pulled into Salem Nissan on Main Street and Templeton fled the vehicle. He was found hiding in brush.

After the alleged assaults, Freda reportedly told fellow officers he “whipped” Templeton with a flashlight and “whacked” him in the groin.

Freda is a Salem High School graduate who served in the U.S. Marine Corps before becoming a police officer. He previously worked for the Brookline (N.H.) Police Department.

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