VIDEO: NH Cops Use Excessive Force In Front of Angry Crowd

Social media is abuzz as video has been shared of Kristopher Kristolaitis being attacked by police Sunday night at Mr. Mike’s convenience store in Winchester, NH. According to an interview for Free Keene with Kristolaitis, his assailants included officer Michael Paul Laska of Winchester Police, as well as corporal Joshua Murray of Hinsdale police and a third as-yet-unidentified officer. Both Laska and Murray are former Marines. The victim says that WPD’s Laska was the hothead in the video, shouting at the frustrated, angry crowd at one point to “GET BACK!”.

Witnesses say Kristolaitis was arguing with another man, Billy Hillock, when someone called over police. Police eventually responded once Winchester firemen came over to see what was going on. Apparently the firemen were there already on an unrelated situation. As Hillock attempted to leave, police questioned him and let him go, prompting Kristolaitis to ask why. (Hillock is an auto mechanic who happens to work on Winchester PD’s cruisers. Things that make you go hmm…) A Hinsdale officer then asked him his name, to which he responded by saying he’d provide once the officer explained why he let the other man leave. During this interaction, officer Laska approached Kristolaitis from behind and handcuffed him on one wrist without ever telling him he was under arrest. The witness says this is when the video begins.

Laska appears to kick Kristolaitis for no reason whatsoever then he and the other officers continue to apply unnecessary force to the man who in no way had been violent towards them. Laska is also seen in the video violently wrapping his arm around the victim’s neck, manhandling him, and menacingly shouting at the understandably upset crowd of witnesses. Even the firemen appear to be frustrated at how the officers are handling the situation.

Officer Michael Paul Laska of Winchester, NH Police

Michael Paul Laska of Winchester, NH Police

The multiple witnesses are outraged at the behavior of the officers, openly asking for someone to record. Thankfully, at least one person was, and she did a decent job of keeping her camera pointed at the dangerous, adrenaline-pumped officers. New Hampshire police departments have made the news recently because finding police recruits has been difficult. Is it any wonder why? Officers are tasked with arresting peaceful people for victimless crimes like possession of cannabis and over time more and more people fall victim to these “crimes”, which wears away people’s trust in the police. They are frequently seen as a threat to freedom rather than keepers of the peace.

While some who are very familiar with the various incidents of police violence from around the United States will likely watch this video and consider it tame in comparison to other incidents elsewhere, that’s more of a testament to how desensitized to the violence and militarization of the police that we have become. New Hampshire police tend to be better on average than many departments, but “badge-heavy” cops can still be found here, though they are thankfully up against a population who have been raised with the “live free or die” mentality.

Kudos to the good people who called out the police for their bad behavior, while it was happening. If more people shamed them for aggressing against peaceful people, maybe they’d get the message they should use their discretion more often and focus their efforts only on violent crimes.

Kristolaitis has only been charged with “disorderly conduct” and surprisingly not charged with “resisting arrest”, so officers aren’t even trying to claim that, as they frequently do when they want to make the victim look bad. An arraignment scheduled for March 1st at Keene district court and is talking to an attorney about the situation. Stay tuned here to Free Keene for any updates.

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15 Comments

  1. Another peaceful unarmed man being attacked by domestic terrorists for no reason. What else is new in the police state?

  2. They should have put a bullet in his head and then tear gassed the crowd, especially that harpy bitch screaming behind the camera. Cops already have a hard enough job in this county as is without these citizen muckrakers starting a riot.

  3. LibertarianLibertyEagle You do realize that the cops are *paid* to maintain the peace, not utilize violence against peaceful people, don’t you? If the job is too hard quit.

  4. Great job writing this up the harpy bitch U0001f606

  5. Now now Jacks, you already know that Ian likes to hang out with the dregs of humanity, as is abundantly shown in this video. What a bunch of outstanding citizens we have here, real class acts wouldn’t you say?

  6. DRACdouble Now, now, poppet. You naughtily failed to mention in your adorable little lecture the sorts of riffraff you prefer to keep company with. Since you’re championing such high-minded principles here, shouldn’t you be honest enough to recognize that it’s no classier to be threatening your neighbors with knives and socket wrenches or writing thousands of dollars in bad checks?

  7. Again, a short video doesn’t explain what really went on. The guy was fighting the police. There were only three officers and a crowd of Monday morning quarterbacks who did nothing to help the officers diffuse the situation. So it would seem freekeene is off and running before having all the facts.

  8. DavidJurist Where is the video that was showing why the PD was called? How do you know he was peaceful?

  9. LibertarianLibertyEagle Is it your quest to trash the  word “libertarian”… i dont know what party or group would  “put a bullet in his head” in that situation/ video… maybe the most authoritarian group of all  which ever that may be…..  I guess you are trying to re-define  Libertarians as that most extreme  group by  wearing it as your name and saying those things….like the “christian” that   is all about war

  10. Verbally and physically resisting…

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  11. LibertarianLibertyEagle I believe I understand what you are saying but that is a little extreme.

  12. Limitedlisa is harpy your new word…. that u was wanting to use

  13. looks to me like one of them tried to arrest him from behind without saying that he was under arrest. if the reason they are arresting him is because he was resisting arrest then you should think about that. absent him being told that he was being arrested, the police were the ones assaulting him not the other way around.

  14. I was married to mike laska for less than a month but never moved in with him because he scared me so much. He was rejected from a local police department in Florida where we are from because he’s fucking nuts. One time when we were driving down U.S. highway 19 he pulled a gun out from under his seat and pointed it at two men driving beside us simply because they had made fun of him. My 18 month old daughter was in the back seat. He would yell at me and insult me for hours. Once when I tried to leave him he told me I was no better than an Iraqi to him and he killed Iraqis. In fact he bragged to me about how he killed a family of 4 in Iraq including children. After I left him he hired a private investigator to stalk me. I found out I was pregnant after I left him and had an abortion which enraged him. I feel I literally dodged a bullet with him. By the way he was so weird he shaved his chest because he was so hairy and had a real insecurity about it. I’m sure hed be mortified for anyone to know that. ?

    Hope Lord

  15. By the way, my name has been legally changed from what it once was when I married him because I was so afraid of him. The day before we were scheduled to move to Asheville NC I left him and he went ballistic. I don’t know how the Winchester police department missed how crazy he is considering his marines psychological exam paperwork states the obvious. I called the department to warn them about Mike and they told me he’s no longer with the department. Good thing because he would have killed someone.

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