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Ex-trooper: It wasn’t necessary to report beating details

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UPDATE: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 10:15 pm

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – A former West Virginia trooper says it wasn’t necessary to report all the details of him beating a teenager.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Michael Kennedy testified Tuesday at his deprivation of rights trial over the November beating of a 16-year-old who led authorities on a high-speed chase and rear-ended a deputy.

Dashcam video shows Kennedy and other officers kicking, stomping on and punching the teen. Video also shows Kennedy dropping the teen into a snowbank and twice slapping his face. Kennedy was fired, and the only one charged.

Kennedy testified that he reported the beating 10 days after it happened and left out the part about him dropping and slapping the teen. He said “there was already plenty of cause for a supervisor to come out that night.”

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – A trial has started for a West Virginia trooper federally charged in the beating of a teenager who led authorities on a high-speed chase after rear-ending a deputy.

News outlets report prosecutors opened the deprivation of rights trial on Monday by arguing that Michael Kennedy wanted to “punish” the teen during the November arrest. Dashcam video released in January shows Kennedy at the center of a group of officers kicking, stomping on and punching the teen.

Seven law enforcement officers testified. Berkeley County sheriff’s dashcam video administrator, Deputy Willy Johnson, said he alerted the sheriff to the video because “something told me it wasn’t right.”

Another video released Monday shows Kennedy slapping the teen. Defense attorney Craig Manford argued Kennedy was attempting to get the teen to comply.



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