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February 21, 2014

Seabrook man indicted on burglary charges

Suspect's video launched police brutality investigation

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At one point, Richardson throws Bergeron against the wall, where he hits his head and falls to the floor. Bergeron is hauled to his feet before falling again. Shortly after, Laurent administers what appears to be pepper spray. At various points, Laurent looks directly at the surveillance camera and smiles. The video has no sound.

According to police reports of Bergeron’s arrest at the time, he was described as uncooperative, verbally abusive, combative and hostile to police, as well as “an emotional roller coaster” during his detainment at the police station.

The request for the video footage of Bergeron’s arrest was made prior to Bergeron’s 2009 court appearance on the charges against him. The tape was released to Bergeron’s attorney prior to his court appearance four years ago.

The recent burglary indictment and 2009 DWI and drug possession arrest were not Bergeron’s first encounters with law enforcement. A check of police logs kept by The Daily News shows Bergeron had encounters with Seabrook police prior to 2009, beginning at age 17 in 2007, when he was charged with illegal possession of tobacco by a minor.

In July 2009, Bergeron was arrested for drug possession and illegal possession of alcohol.

In July 2013, he was arrested for simple assault, and in October 2013 Bergeron was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and robbery after an incident on Route 107. Three months earlier, Bergeron was arrested on Kimberly Lane and charged with simple assault.

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