2 WVSP Troopers Fired After Traffic Stop Investigation

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MARTINSBURG, WV (WOWK) – Two West Virginia State Police troopers have been fired after an internal investigation into allegations of excessive force used in an incident with a 16-year-old after a pursuit in Berkeley County. 

These two Troopers, Trooper First Class Michael Kennedy and Trooper First Class Derek Walker, were discharged from the West Virginia State Police effective January 17th, 2019. 

Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller told The Journal on Wednesday, January 16th, 2019, that deputies C.S. Merson and Austin Ennis were terminated as the result of the investigation of the same incident, but declined to go into details.

Allegations surfaced on November 29th, 2018, when West Virginia Governor Jim Justice called for an investigation of two state police troopers following a traffic stop in which he said the troopers were seen on a dashcam video beating a 16-year-old male suspect.

Major Reginald Patterson, the Chief of Staff Services of the West Virginia State Police, said no further comments will be made at this time. 

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