NASHUA, N.H. — A judge has allowed the use of TV news helicopter video footage in the pending trial of a Massachusetts State Police trooper accused of beating a suspect in New Hampshire last year.
Joseph Flynn pleaded not guilty to simple assault charges in the arrest of Richard Simone Jr.
Prosecutors allege Flynn punched Simone as he was kneeling to surrender following a chase. Flynn’s lawyer said his client’s use of force was justified. The chase began in Holden, Massachusetts, after Simone refused to stop.
Prosecutors wanted to exclude some video of the pursuit, saying it was irrelevant and would appeal to a jury’s sympathy for Flynn. A judge disagreed Tuesday, but ruled to exclude some dash camera video from another trooper before the pursuit. He also excluded dash camera video from a civilian that briefly showed Simone’s truck.