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January 9, 2014

Officers named in Seabrook video scuffle

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That incident occurs less than 30 seconds into the video. Another officer later approaches and appears to look at Bergeron, then walks away. Bergeron is taken out of camera view, and near the end of the video is escorted down the corridor and out the door.

A police report obtained by The Daily News detailing Bergeron’s arrest for drunken driving and drug possession on the day the video was taped paints a less than flattering picture of the then-19-year-old. In his narrative of the arrest, Laurent describes Bergeron as less than cooperative with officers. In addition to being verbally abusive, Bergeron was accused of fighting with officer David Hersey in the sally port section of the police station, which leads to the jail cell corridor.

According to Laurent’s report, after being placed in a holding cell, Bergeron tried to flood the toilet with his shirt. That prompted police to confiscate his pants to prevent him from stuffing them in the toilet. While in the booking room, Bergeron was “an emotional roller coaster” and became hostile toward police.

Escorting him out of the booking room, Laurent describes the scene in the hallway with Richardson performing an “arm bar” on Bergeron that sent him to the floor. Laurent then goes on to explain that due to Bergeron’s prior emotional instability and unwillingness to comply with police orders, he pepper sprayed him while he was on the ground.

A check of police logs kept by The Daily News shows Bergeron had frequent encounters with Seabrook police over the course of several years.

His first recorded encounter, in 2007 at age 17, led to charges of illegal possession of tobacco by a minor. In July 2009 he was arrested for drug possession and illegal possession of alcohol. In November 2009, he was arrested for DWI, drug possession and resisting arrest — charges filed the night of the videotaped incident.

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