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Huntington Police Investigating After Reports Of Shots Fired

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vomiting

Saint Albans, WV

#1 Feb 27, 2013
I heard they anticipate going and arresting him tomorrow, idk maybe give him time to finish. Wtf are the police gonna do in the meantime. They were like my butt hurts im gonna go sit back down in the car. Seriously is this what our standard of police work is now.
wow

Van, WV

#2 Feb 27, 2013
i have to agree, they are giving him a chance to kill this woman.
Murphy

Saint Albans, WV

#3 Feb 27, 2013
Giving him a chance to kill her or get out of town. Both are unacceptable. Hpd god forbid he shoots at someone else and actually hits them. Blood will be on your hands.
wow

Van, WV

#4 Feb 27, 2013
this is why our town is looked at as a easy target for all dealers . the police department doesnt do there job.
The one

Moneta, VA

#5 Mar 1, 2013
Yea ur exactly rite HPD ain't worth a shit!!! They wld rather take smbdy to jail over a joint then do thr job and take down the drug dealers and murders... They wanna arrest the workin man and let those that sling dope in our town walk around with thr head up high... We need some real police in Huntington do ur job officers make a real arrest u knw what we r talkin about!!
serve and protect?

Ashland, KY

#6 Mar 1, 2013
The one wrote:
Yea ur exactly rite HPD ain't worth a shit!!! They wld rather take smbdy to jail over a joint then do thr job and take down the drug dealers and murders... They wanna arrest the workin man and let those that sling dope in our town walk around with thr head up high... We need some real police in Huntington do ur job officers make a real arrest u knw what we r talkin about!!
I agree.. I've thought for years that HPD are young and scared. It's unbelievable that a MU student is busted smoking a joint and the amount of press it gets and as you said.. Law enforcement bragging like they did something.
Listen HPD you are not protecting us by busting college kids smoking pot. Get "F'n" serious about real crime, you are the police for Gods sake. Protect us from harm. What is harm a college kid smoking pot or a Detroit thug pushing pills and heroine and murdering teenagers in our own neighborhoods?
I moved out of the town I grew up in and still love because I can't feel safe in a town where the cops hide from the thugs and cannot live up to the sworn oath to protect its citizens.
keystone kops

Snowshoe, WV

#7 Mar 1, 2013
Huntington, WV (HNN)– A notice for a discovery deposition of Pastor Paul Willis, First Baptist Church, 801 Sixth Avenue, Huntington, WV has been filed in federal court. The filing relates to Richard K. Revely is the plaintiff in a civil rights suit against the City of Huntington, Huntington Police Department, and Sgt. D. Booth, as well as Larry Parsons, Administrator of the Western Regional Jail; V.L. Greene, Chief Correctional Officer; and Sgt. Christopher D. Fleming.

According to the complaint, Rev. Revely alleged that HPD used excessive force, mistaking him for a possible drug dealer since his car at that time still had Michigan license plates. He moved his family to Huntington to assume an assistant pastor position at First Baptist Church.

Based on the complaint, an officer with gun drawn sprayed and kept the plaintiff face down in the mud, did not read Miranda Rights, and then kept restrained in a chair at the Western Regional Jail as he prayed due to no one allowing him to wash the spray from his eyes.“Officers [at the jail] mocked him being a minister saying he was a Jim Jones who would give Kool-Aid to his church members, made crude sounds, and honked a loud horn that made pig sounds several times in both ears…[after the chair broke] as he continued to pray, a guard used the handle end of a push broom to hit Revely’s hand and wrist and prod him in the stomach and genital area.” You can download the full complaint here: http://archives.huntingtonnews.net/local/mini...
wtf

Huntington, WV

#8 Mar 1, 2013
keystone kops wrote:
Huntington, WV (HNN)– A notice for a discovery deposition of Pastor Paul Willis, First Baptist Church, 801 Sixth Avenue, Huntington, WV has been filed in federal court. The filing relates to Richard K. Revely is the plaintiff in a civil rights suit against the City of Huntington, Huntington Police Department, and Sgt. D. Booth, as well as Larry Parsons, Administrator of the Western Regional Jail; V.L. Greene, Chief Correctional Officer; and Sgt. Christopher D. Fleming.
According to the complaint, Rev. Revely alleged that HPD used excessive force, mistaking him for a possible drug dealer since his car at that time still had Michigan license plates. He moved his family to Huntington to assume an assistant pastor position at First Baptist Church.
Based on the complaint, an officer with gun drawn sprayed and kept the plaintiff face down in the mud, did not read Miranda Rights, and then kept restrained in a chair at the Western Regional Jail as he prayed due to no one allowing him to wash the spray from his eyes.“Officers [at the jail] mocked him being a minister saying he was a Jim Jones who would give Kool-Aid to his church members, made crude sounds, and honked a loud horn that made pig sounds several times in both ears…[after the chair broke] as he continued to pray, a guard used the handle end of a push broom to hit Revely’s hand and wrist and prod him in the stomach and genital area.” You can download the full complaint here: http://archives.huntingtonnews.net/local/mini...
these are soem very serious aligations, and if they are true! then shame ont hem for the things they did! and this man deserves to sue the town and the officers involved shoudl be dismissed immediately
keystone kops

Snowshoe, WV

#9 Mar 1, 2013
HUNTINGTON -- A Huntington man is suing the West Virginia Department of Public Safety/State Police and the cities of Huntington and Barboursville, along with their police departments, after he claims he was assaulted by officers who used excessive force against him.

Detectives S. Hischman and S. Bills, the County Commission for Cabell County and an unknown and unnamed individual were also named as defendants in the suit.

On May 14, 2010, Ashley Dale Ellis was resting in bed at his residence when a task force of law enforcement officers arrived to execute a search warrant, according to a complaint filed May 11 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Ellis claims he was awakened by the law enforcement officers, who were dressed in SWAT gear, and was immediately detained pursuant to the search warrant.

Despite the fact that Ellis was detained, outnumbered, unarmed, was not resisting arrest, was not attempting to flee, posed no risk to the law enforcement officers and was actually sleeping and without any prior warning or justification, the law enforcement officers began to strike him with their fists, feet and batons, according to the suit.

Ellis claims the defendants continued to strike him violently in his face, abdomen, genitals and other extremely sensitive and vulnerable parts of his body.

The defendants' actions caused Ellis to sustain injuries, humiliation, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, severe and permanent emotional distress and incurred medical expenses, according to the suit.

Ellis claims the defendants also violated his constitutional rights.

The police departments and Cabell County Commission are liable for the acts of their officers and acts they committed in the course of their employments, according to the suit.

Ellis is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is being represented by E. Lavoyd Morgan Jr. and Steve A. Baker.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David M. Pancake.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 12-C-310
Brutal popo

Huntington, WV

#10 Mar 1, 2013
keystone kops wrote:
HUNTINGTON -- A Huntington man is suing the West Virginia Department of Public Safety/State Police and the cities of Huntington and Barboursville, along with their police departments, after he claims he was assaulted by officers who used excessive force against him.

Detectives S. Hischman and S. Bills, the County Commission for Cabell County and an unknown and unnamed individual were also named as defendants in the suit.

On May 14, 2010, Ashley Dale Ellis was resting in bed at his residence when a task force of law enforcement officers arrived to execute a search warrant, according to a complaint filed May 11 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Ellis claims he was awakened by the law enforcement officers, who were dressed in SWAT gear, and was immediately detained pursuant to the search warrant.

Despite the fact that Ellis was detained, outnumbered, unarmed, was not resisting arrest, was not attempting to flee, posed no risk to the law enforcement officers and was actually sleeping and without any prior warning or justification, the law enforcement officers began to strike him with their fists, feet and batons, according to the suit.

Ellis claims the defendants continued to strike him violently in his face, abdomen, genitals and other extremely sensitive and vulnerable parts of his body.

The defendants' actions caused Ellis to sustain injuries, humiliation, pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, severe and permanent emotional distress and incurred medical expenses, according to the suit.

Ellis claims the defendants also violated his constitutional rights.

The police departments and Cabell County Commission are liable for the acts of their officers and acts they committed in the course of their employments, according to the suit.

Ellis is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. He is being represented by E. Lavoyd Morgan Jr. and Steve A. Baker.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David M. Pancake.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 12-C-310
i cannot believe any officer would do that! they are perfect angels.
keystone kops

Snowshoe, WV

#11 Mar 1, 2013
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Huntington police again accused of civil rights violations
January 18, 2013 7:04 AM
By Lawrence Smith
HUNTINGTON – Another Huntington resident is accusing the City of civil rights violations after a police officer allegedly used excessive force in arresting him.

The City and Huntington Police Officer Christopher Merritt are named as co-defendants in a three-count civil rights suit filed by William Daniel Hedrick Jr. in U.S. District Court. In his complaint filed Jan. 10, Hedrick, 42, alleges after arresting him on several misdemeanor charges two years ago, Merritt began beating him without provocation.

Hedrick’s suit is the fourth suit filed within the last eight months alleging civil rights violations against HPD. Those include one filed by a resident who alleges police attempted to delete footage he shot of them conducting a search of a vehicle following a traffic stop.

According to the suit, Merritt arrested Hedrick “for several misdemeanors” on Jan. 11, 2011. The location of the arrest and nature of the charges are not specified.

After he ordered him to the ground, Hedrick says Merritt began “forcibly manipulating” his arms for the purpose to “intentionally cause him pain.” Hedrick says at no time did he resist arrest.

In the course of the arrest, Merritt alleges Hedrick began a “vicious, unprovoked attack.” This included Hedrick beating Merritt with a baton which resulted in “severe bruising and injuries from his ankles to his buttocks…[and] to his ribs,” the lawsuit says.

According to Cabell Magistrate Clerk’s Office, Merritt was charged with auto tampering, fleeing on foot, obstructing an officer and public intoxication. They were dismissed on Aug. 3, 2011.

In his suit, Hedrick alleges Merritt’s actions resulted in him incurring, among other things,“loss of enjoyment of life, annoyance, aggravation and psychological distress…[and] past, present and future medical bills.” Along with one of assault and battery against Merritt, Hedrick makes claims of negligent hiring, retention and supervision against the city.

Hedrick seeks unspecified damages, attorneys fees and court costs. He is represented by Huntington attorneys Richard W. Weston and Connor Robertson with the Weston Law Offices, and Courtenay Craig.

The case is assigned to Judge Robert Charles Chambers.

Also pending in U.S. District Court are separate suits Joseph Pniewski and Ashley Dale Ellis have against the City.

In his suit filed Aug. 24, Pniewski alleged three officers – Dana Cowell, Ryan Bentley and James Leist – falsely arrested him on Sept. 29, 2011, while he was filming them conducting a search of a vehicle off Northcutt Court in the Fairfield West housing project. Pniewski accuses Cowell, Bentley and Leist of making a “phantom arrest” as a way to stop him from exercising his First Amendment rights as a freelance journalist in recording their activities.

A trial is scheduled for Oct. 1.
keystone kops

Snowshoe, WV

#12 Mar 1, 2013
On May 11, Ellis named the City as a co-defendant in a civil rights suit originally filed in Cabell County Circuit Court. In it, he alleged a task force consisting of HPD detectives S. Hinchman and S. Bills, unknown officers from the Barboursville Police and Cabell County Sheriff’s departments and the West Virginia State Police all dressed in SWAT gear, rousted him out of bed and began striking him with their feet, fists and batons in the course of serving a warrant the year before at his home on 1st Ave. in Huntington.

In September, the case was transferred to U.S. District Court. Records show the Village of Barboursville and the Cabell County Commission were dismissed from it on Jan. 7.

A trial is scheduled for Oct. 8.

In his suit filed a week before Ellis’, Bobby Trout made similar allegations against HPD for excessive use of force. According to his complaint, Trout says Chuck Kingery, Travis Hagan and six unknown officers on May 12, 2011, entered his home with a warrant, awakened him and forced him to the floor, where they battered and beat him.

As a result, Trout alleges he suffered injuries that caused him to be hospitalized in the intensive care unit for several days. The single charge of obstructing that was filed against him was later dismissed in magistrate court.

The case, which remains in circuit court, is scheduled for trial on April 24, 2014.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, case number 13-cv-528 (Hedrick civil)

Cabell Magistrate Court, case numbers 11-M-215-218 (Hedrick criminal)

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Van, WV

#14 Mar 2, 2013
if just a small piece of any of these allegations are true, we should be ashamed of our police force, it is high time the good ole boy network gets put out to pasture, this is the same network that allowed a pedophile to work and patrol this city for 30 yrs., by keeping their mouths shut and no one talking this good ole boys sure would not have been so helpful i it had been one of their family members he had molested, until we stand up to this type of cover ups and rid this town of these vigilanties this behavior will continue.
keystone kops

Snowshoe, WV

#15 Mar 2, 2013
Civil Rights Issues in West Virginia
__________
Chapter 2
Police-Community Relations
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Alleged Civil Rights Violations by Police
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of West Virginia monitors police activity around the state at the city, county, and state levels. Hilary Chiz, then director of the West Virginia ACLU, said that since monitoring began in the mid-1990s, the organization has received a “staggering” number of complaints about police behavior, ranging from the trivial all the way to claims of physical brutality.[2] Many complaints are from poor people, both minority and white. Ms. Chiz noted particularly severe problems in Charleston and Bluefield, cities with larger minority populations than elsewhere in the state.[3]
At the forum, Hilary Chiz mentioned a “particularly brutal attack” on a citizen, again a young African American man, by a city police officer in Charleston, and an incident in Huntington the week before the forum in which police shot an African American youth in the back.[19] The last incident was described in more detail by Phil Carter of the Cabell County NAACP:
That young man was trying to get away. He tried to climb the fence because he was afraid, intimidated of the police. He slipped, he came down, here’s a policeman coming at him, gun drawn, he is shot, the bullet goes right by his head, enters back here, comes out back here. Shot in the back by accident.... We have had continuous patterns and protocol from the Huntington police and criminal justice system of intimidation, incrimination, incarceration, and now attempted assassination.[20]
twelve

Portage, MI

#16 Mar 2, 2013
Look up Facebook page for justice for Christopher lee Ratliff phunter and his goons beat a choking man to death. It shows photo n everything
keystone kops

Snowshoe, WV

#17 Mar 3, 2013
HUNTINGTON -- A Cabell County man is suing the City of Huntington and a police officer he claims shot him.

On June 30, 2010, Justin Drew Kinder and Daniel Wiles were together in the downtown area of Huntington and at the time, Wiles was carrying a firearm, according to a complaint filed July 2 in Cabell Circuit Court.

Kinder claims while they were together, Wiles' firearm accidentally discharged and he was shot in the shoulder.

Wiles was negligent with respect to the carrying and handling of a firearm resulting in Kinder being shot, according to the suit.

Kinder claims Huntington owes a duty to its citizens and visitors to ensure that its police officers are trained with respect to the carrying and handling of firearms, whether on or off duty.

Huntington breached its duty to Kinder and was otherwise negligent with respect to the procedures, policies and training with respect to handling firearms by Wiles and/or other officers, according to the suit.

Kinder claims the defendants knew or should have known of the risk associated with the carrying and handling of firearms by police officers while both on or off duty.

As a result of the defendants' negligence, Kinder suffered severe and irreparable harm and injury, according to the suit.

Kinder is seeking compensatory damages with pre- and post-judgment interest. He is being represented by Scott H. Kaminski.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge F. Jane Hustead.

Cabell Circuit Court case number: 12-C-429
anon

Snowshoe, WV

#18 Mar 5, 2013
Police involved in fourth recent crash
December 27, 2008 @ 12:00 AM
CURTIS JOHNSON
The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- A vehicle crash injured a city police officer and two others Thursday night in Huntington.
The two-vehicle accident happened at 11:17 p.m. at 9th Avenue and Hal Greer Boulevard. Police Chief Skip Holbrook identified the injured officer as Josh Nield.
The vehicles came to rest against a traffic signal pole. The impact caused the signal not to operate.
Officials at Cabell Huntington Hospital listed Nield in good condition at midday Friday. Holbrook said the other crash victims sustained non-life threatening injuries. Their names were not released.
Holbrook said the police cruiser and a vehicle attempted to cross through the intersection at the same time. An investigation will determine which driver had the right-of-way.
Previous incidents have resulted in damage to three other cruisers and a motorcycle. At the end of an investigation earlier this week, patrolman Josh Nield was found to be at fault in an accident resulting in a broken traffic signal, totaled police cruiser and another totaled vehicle.
In a previous Herald-Dispatch interview, Holbrook said it has been more than three years since officers at the department received defensive driving training.

Since: May 12

Huntington, WV

#19 Mar 5, 2013
anon wrote:
Police involved in fourth recent crash
December 27, 2008 @ 12:00 AM
CURTIS JOHNSON
The Herald-Dispatch
HUNTINGTON -- A vehicle crash injured a city police officer and two others Thursday night in Huntington.
The two-vehicle accident happened at 11:17 p.m. at 9th Avenue and Hal Greer Boulevard. Police Chief Skip Holbrook identified the injured officer as Josh Nield.
The vehicles came to rest against a traffic signal pole. The impact caused the signal not to operate.
Officials at Cabell Huntington Hospital listed Nield in good condition at midday Friday. Holbrook said the other crash victims sustained non-life threatening injuries. Their names were not released.
Holbrook said the police cruiser and a vehicle attempted to cross through the intersection at the same time. An investigation will determine which driver had the right-of-way.
Previous incidents have resulted in damage to three other cruisers and a motorcycle. At the end of an investigation earlier this week, patrolman Josh Nield was found to be at fault in an accident resulting in a broken traffic signal, totaled police cruiser and another totaled vehicle.
In a previous Herald-Dispatch interview, Holbrook said it has been more than three years since officers at the department received defensive driving training.
Grats on finding a article from 2008.
Get A Grip

United States

#20 Mar 5, 2013
wow wrote:
this is why our town is looked at as a easy target for all dealers . the police department doesnt do there job.
What are the police supposed to do? Make a North Korea out of this place? Some responsibility falls on the citizens. The citizens are spineless jelly bellies.
Hmm

Parkersburg, WV

#21 Mar 5, 2013
They actually do this kind of thing all the time. Our society doesn't deal with people when all the warning signs are there. We allow people to be killed or badly hurt before anything is done about it.

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