Berkeley County Sheriff’s Deputies returning to duty after excessive force incident

West Virginia

Two Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies will be returning to duty on April 15, following an internal investigation and hearings before the Hearing Review Board as authorized by West Virginia Code, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

The two deputies were involved in an incident on November 19, 2018 when they and West Virginia State Troopers pursued a suspect, and dashcam footage revealed alleged excessive force used on the suspect.

After an internal investigation, the two deputies were fired in January. Both deputy sheriffs requested hearings before a Hearing Review Board as authorized by West Virginia Code.

Following the hearing, an agreement was reached between the Sheriff and deputy sheriffs, and disciplinary actions have been imposed and accepted by both parties, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. 

One West Virginia State Trooper involved, Michael Kennedy, was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2019, charged with one count of “deprivation of rights under color of law.”

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