- Associated Press - Monday, September 18, 2017

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - A hearing has been scheduled on motions in the case of a Massachusetts State Police trooper accused of beating a suspect in New Hampshire last year, including how much video footage caught by a TV news helicopter should be shown.

Joseph Flynn pleaded not guilty to simple assault charges for his role 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.

The defense argues prosecutors want to bar part of the video that shows Simone during the pursuit. Prosecutors say much of the video before the pursuit in Nashua is irrelevant and would appeal to a jury’s sympathy for Flynn.

A hearing is scheduled Tuesday.

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