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January 8, 2014

Officers suspended after YouTube video surfaces

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A search of Berg’s YouTube account shows multiple videos of him rapping or lip-syncing to music and one occasion mentions New Hampshire’s area code, 603, in a song. Berg is seen wearing baseball caps backward, sunglasses and jewelry. Berg is not believed to be his real last name. Police have not released his identity.

Manzi said part of the investigation will focus on how the video, which he confirmed was shot within the police station, got into the man’s hands.

“We don’t know how it got out there,” Manzi said, adding that he didn’t know why the video surfaced this week, four years after the incident.

According to information found on the video post, the man said his lawyer, whom he hired after the incident, took the tape and kept it for two years until the man tracked him down. “But now I think it’s too late to do anything with it even though I have a permanent lump on the back of my head chipped teeth and brain injuries but talking to a lawyer soon.”

At the time of the incident, Seabrook Police Department was led by now-retired Chief Patrick Manthorn. Bitomske was sworn in as the department’s newest chief in November 2012. Manzi was not town manager at the time of the video.

Yesterday morning, Bitomske visited the town office building where he and Manzi discussed the matter further. Upon leaving the building, Bitomske declined to comment but said he may have a statement later this afternoon or tomorrow.

Manzi said he first watched the video Sunday after being alerted that there was a video involving Seabrook police that he should see. Since uploaded, the video had been watched more than 11,520 times as of 5:15 p.m. yesterday.

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