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Man at center of Seabrook police video in court for unrelated assault

SEABROOK — A man at the center of an alleged case of police brutality caught on security cameras in 2009 made a brief court appearance this morning in an unrelated assault case.

Michael Bergeron Jr., 23, of Seabrook, was expected to face trial on simple assault charges stemming from an arrest last summer, but his defense attorney asked Judge Sharon DeVries to postpone the trial in 10th Circuit Court, Seabrook District Division.

DeVries rescheduled the trial for April 23 because of "various issues raised."

Bergeron was charged with a misdemeanor simple assault charge after allegedly throwing keys at a woman's face last July.

He and his mother showed up at court but made no comment to reporters when they left the courthouse.

Bergeron made headlines last week after posting a video on YouTube showing a Seabrook police officer slamming him into a wall at the police station while he was being escorted down a hallway after he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and drug possession on Nov. 11, 2009. Another officer is then seen pepper-spraying Bergeron while he was on the floor.

Officers Mark Richardson, Adam Laurent, and Keith Dietenhofer were immediately placed on paid administrative leave by the town after the video was posted.

The state Attorney General's Office is now conducting a criminal investigation into the officers' conduct.

Attorney Scott Gleason, who is representing Bergeron in the video case, met briefly with Bergeron after this morning's court appearance.

Gleason said he will be meeting with representatives from the Attorney General's Office this week.

When asked how Bergeron was doing since the video was posted, Gleason said, "He's doing fine, he's doing great. Everything is headed in the right direction. We're optimistic."

Bergeron has been arrested on various charges since 2007.

On the night of his arrest on Nov. 11, 2009, police wrote in their reports that Bergeron was aggressive and uncooperative and appeared to be an "emotional rollercoaster."

jschreiber@newstote.com


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