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Martinsburg Police Deputies Involved in November Incident to Return to Work


The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department has announced that two deputies involved in a November incident will return to duty.

A news release from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department says the two deputies will return to work on Monday, Apr. 15. Questions arose about their conduct during the apprehension of a 16-year-old suspect on Nov. 19, 2018.

The deputies, along with West Virginia State Police troopers, were responding to a high-speed chase that resulted in two vehicle crashes before the suspect was detained.

Dashcam video of the incident shows the suspect being kicked, punched and thrown.

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department says an internal investigation was conducted, resulting in disciplinary action against the deputies, which were accepted by all parties following an appeal.

West Virginia State Police Trooper First Class Michael Kennedy was charged last month with deprivation of rights under the color of law for his part in the incident.