UPDATE: New video released in CPD “Use of Force” investigation

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UPDATE 10/22/19: CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) — The city of Charleston and the Charleston Police have released dash-cam video and audio of the October 14th incident that led to a “Use of Force” investigation.

“You get a good look at what the officer sees coming in, I mean its perceptions from the officer, he had limited information coming in to something like that,” said Chief Smith. “His perception was that (other) officer needed assistance.”

According to the Chief, the Charleston Police Department investigates all uses of force. The investigation should be complete later this week.

“I understand the first video had a different angle, but there was another angle so people just need to take a step back and wait for the investigation,” Chief Opie Smith.


ORIGINAL 10/16/19:

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) — The Charleston Police Department is investigating after a video circulated of alleged use of force by an officer. It stems from an incident that happened during an arrest on October 14, 2019.

According to a statement from the department,

” The Charleston Police Department has begun an investigation into the use of force that occurred during an arrest on the evening of October 14, 2019. All incidences involving the use of force are investigated by the Police Department’s Professional Standards Division to determine whether the force used was necessary and within the Department’s policy. The investigation into the October 14 incident will be expedited and is expected to take no longer than two weeks.”

– Police Chief Opie Smith, Charleston Police Department

The Charleston Police Department says two officers have been paid placed on paid administrative leave after the launch of this investigation.

According to the Department, Chief of Police Opie Smith has been in continued communication with Reverend Roberta Smith with RESET, an organization of Charleston clergy and community advocates who serve as liaisons to the Charleston Police Department and the community-at-large.

Chief Smith will be asking RESET to review the incident. The investigation is expected to take two weeks.

A video was posted on Facebook on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, allegedly showing the incident. the video has been shared more than 600 times.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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