CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The FBI is investigating two former West Virginia State Police officers for possible civil rights violations while on duty.
Joe Ciccarelli, FBI supervisory senior resident agent in Charleston, confirmed that former troopers A.H. Young and K.E. Young are being investigated for allegations stemming from their arrest of Brian Joseph Wilson, 32, of Charleston on July 28.
The Youngs, who are brothers, arrested Wilson and charged him with operating a meth lab, possession of pseudoephedrine in an altered state, conspiracy and assault on a police officer.
John A. Carr, Wilson's attorney, said there was an altercation between the two troopers and Wilson in the State Police barracks in South Charleston.
"We dispute the complaint filed against Mr. Wilson and we have reported the matter to the FBI," Carr said.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous confirmed that the Young brothers haven't worked as State Police officers since at least September. They resigned, he said.
The agency has not received any outside complaints concerning Wilson's arrest, said Maj. G.A. Ingold, head of the State Police professional standards section. Ingold said he couldn't comment on internal investigations.
"We may look into something without a complaint but nobody brought anything to our attention," he said.
Col. Timothy Pack, superintendent of the State Police, did not return phone calls seeking comment on the allegations. Pack has declined all requests for interviews by Gazette reporters since being appointed superintendent by Gov. Joe Manchin in December 2008. Prior to his appointment he was director of the governor's security detail.
On July 28, State Police were searching for another man when they knocked on the door of a residence on Kensington Lane in Cross Lanes, according to a criminal complaint filed against Wilson by Trooper L.W. Price.
Police smelled methamphetamine when the door was opened, according to the complaint. After obtaining a search warrant, State Police, including a Cpl. Young, found a meth lab inside the home, according to Price's criminal complaint. Wilson and several other people were charged, according to the complaint.
In the processing room at the State Police's South Charleston detachment, Wilson asked to use the bathroom, according to a different criminal complaint, prepared by K.E. Young, that charges Wilson with assault on a police officer.
K.E. Young wrote in the complaint that he asked Wilson if he could hold it.
"If you don't I'll just piss on your floor," Wilson allegedly said.