Authorities in West Virginia released dash-cam video this week that shows a group of state troopers allegedly beating a teenage boy after a car chase, according to a report by ABC News.
The incident occurred in November of 2018 and resulted in the termination of two West Virginia State Troopers who were reportedly involved in the dispute.
According to the official report, a 16-year-old boy led police on a high-speed pursuit.
In the video, the boy’s car can be seen pulling ahead of one of the trooper’s cruisers before hitting the brakes and then veering off the road, smashing into a telephone pole. The officers can then be seen running to the car and pulling the suspect from inside the smoking car out through the driver’s window.
The actions that followed resulted in an internal affairs investigation of the incident and ultimately led to two of the troopers being fired.
Once the driver was free from the wreckage, the troopers can be seen punching and kicking the boy while he was lying on the ground. One of the officers also allegedly used his knee over the boy’s neck.
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Additionally, once the boy was handcuffed, one of the troopers can be seen picking the teenager up by his neck and throwing him to the ground.
One of the officers was reportedly injured in the chase.
The entire video from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office patrol car was 8 minutes and 26 seconds long.
ABC reported that back in December, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said the officers’ actions were “plain ridiculous”and “inexcusable.”
“I stand rock-solid with our police force in every way, shape, form or fashion but I’m not going to stand rock-solid when something’s wrong,” he said.
“You’ve got 600-plus great state policemen and this made them look awful,” Justice said back in December. “That’s all there is to it. I promise you, to the Lord above, this governor’s not going to stand for this crap. That’s all there is to it. I can’t say it anymore point blank than that.”
After months of investigation, one of the troopers was just indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly using excessive force that resulted in bodily injury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia said on Wednesday.
After the investigation, a total of 4 members of West Virginia law enforcement were terminated, 2 WV State Troopers and 2 local sheriff’s deputies.