FBI is investigating West Virginia State Troopers who allegedly beat teen suspect

West Virginia

The FBI is now investigating the two West Virginia State Troopers who allegedly beat a teen suspect during his arrest in Martinsburg on November 19, 2018. 

Based on reports, dash cam footage allegedly captured troopers Derek Walker and Michael Kennedy beating a 16-year-old, white suspect during his arrest, after the suspect was involved in a crash with a sheriff’s department cruiser and fled. 

The suspect was transported to a hospital and released after the incident, according to police.

The dash cam footage has not been released to the public, and will not be released until all investigations are concluded, according to the Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney, Catie Wilkes Delligatti.

After all investigations are complete, Delligatti will coordinate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on any further action taken.

Two separate investigations are currently still ongoing, one from within Delligatti’s office, and one conducted by a Jefferson County deputy. 

In a statement, the West Virginia State Police said they immediately placed two troopers from the Martinsburg detachment on administrative leave without pay, upon learning of an incident with a suspect.

The police issued their statement following one released by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, who disapproved of the alleged excessive force used by the troopers.

“While I proudly support the brave efforts of our law enforcement agencies every day it must be perfectly clear that I will NOT tolerate this kind of behavior in any way, shape, form, or fashion,” Justice said. 

Trooper Derek Walker is also being sued by a woman claiming he used excessive force on her in April 2016. 

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