UPDATE: FBI opens probe into alleged beating at W.Va. traffic stop

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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 12/6/18 4:42 P.M.

Photo: West Virginia State Police

A West Virginia county prosecutor says the FBI has opened an investigation into a traffic stop involving two state police troopers and a sheriff's deputy in which a teenage motorist allegedly was beaten.

Berkeley County Prosecutor Catie Wilkes Delligatti said Thursday the FBI investigation is separate from one her office is conducting into the Nov. 19 incident.

Gov. Jim Justice learned last week of dashboard camera video involving a 16-year-old male.

Trooper First Class Derek R. Walker, Trooper First Class Michael W. Kennedy and Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy Austin Ennis have been suspended without pay. Walker and Kennedy are stationed at the State Police detachment in Martinsburg.

Delligatti says after all investigations are complete, she'll coordinate with federal prosecutors on any further action. She'll also wait to release the video until the FBI has finished its interviews and investigation.

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UPDATE: 12/4/18 12:35 P.M.

One of two West Virginia state troopers suspended after a teen suspect allegedly was beaten during a traffic stop last month faces an excessive-force lawsuit from an earlier incident.

Charles Town attorney Braun Hamstead filed the lawsuit earlier this year against Martinsburg Trooper 1st Class Derek Walker, who had arrested Hamstead's wife in 2016.

The lawsuit says Walker dragged Julie Ann Hamstead in a parking lot and slammed her to the ground before placing her in handcuffs.

Walker and Trooper 1st Class Michael Kennedy, who worked at the Martinsburg detachment, were suspended after dashcam video showed them allegedly beating a teen suspect after a pursuit on Nov. 19.

A federal judge in August ruled Walker was acting in his official capacity, was entitled to qualified immunity and removed both him and the state police from the lawsuit.

The judge has not ruled on an amended complaint filed in September that attempted to add Walker and state police back into the lawsuit.

A state police spokesman did not immediately comment on the lawsuit Monday.

Meanwhile, Berkeley County sheriff's deputy has been suspended without pay over the traffic stop.

Sheriff Curtis Keller said Deputy Austin Ennis was present during the incident. He was suspended on Friday.

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UPDATE: 11/30/2018

West Virginia State Police Trooper First Class Derek Walker and Trooper First Class Michael Kennedy are on leave for allegedly beating a teen suspect after a police chase on Nov. 19.

Both troopers have been working for WVSP for nearly 7 years.


ORIGINAL STORY: 11/29/2018

Two West Virginia State Police troopers are on administrative leave without pay, after dashcam video allegedly shows the troopers beating a 16-year-old suspect after a police chase.

WVSP officials say the two troopers from the Martinsburg Detachment, who have not been named, responded to a police chase involving a 16-year-old male on Monday, Nov. 19.

Troopers say the chase began after the teen crashed his vehicle into a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department patrol vehicle and refused to stop.

The teen led officers on a police chase, but eventually crashed, was arrested at the scene, and was treated at a local hospital.

Investigators say a patrol car dashcam video from the scene shows the two troopers beating the suspect during his arrest.

WVSP officials say after they watched the dashcam video, they began a criminal and internal investigation into the actions of the two troopers, who are suspended without pay until the investigation is complete.