Former West Virginia state trooper indicted for using excessive force

West Virginia

A federal grand jury indicted Michael Kennedy Wednesday, a former West Virginia State Trooper, for using excessive force against an arrestee, according to the Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Bill Powell.

Kennedy, 29, of Morgantown, West Virginia, is charged with one count of “Deprivation of Rights under Color of Law.”

According to the indictment, the defendant is accused of using excessive force resulting in bodily injury during an arrest on Nov. 19, 2018, in Berkeley County.

Kennedy faces up to 10 years incarceration and a fine of up to $250,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.

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