Police officers have a very difficult job and situations often happen where it gets very intense and heated. However, it’s important that the very people whose job it is to enforce the law follow the law themselves.
In November of last year, a 16 year old teenager fled Berkeley County police officers and eventually crashed. Police officers were able to subdue the teenager driver, but State Trooper Michael Kennedy (as the dash cam video shows) put his knee into the back of the head of the young driver and then repeatedly punched him in the face.
Once the young man was handcuffed and on his feet, Kennedy pushed him to the ground. This is an 8 minute video and the action described happens around the 5 minute mark:
Kennedy, the State Trooper who repeatedly punched the young driver and then threw him to the ground, was previously cleared of any wrongdoing by his department. This is clearly unnecessary, over-the-top police brutality and Kennedy should be held to the same standard as all citizens.
West Virginia State Police released an internal investigation saying Trooper Michael Kennedy didn’t engage in criminal conduct during the November arrest of the 16-year-old. However, he was later “indicted on a charge of deprivation of rights under color of law, which describes crimes committed by on-duty police officers”, according to WSAZ News 3 in Martinsburg.
Kennedy, who was fired for his actions, now has a trial set for October to determine any legal wrongdoing.