CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A prominent lawyer is allegedly beaten by State Police while handcuffed.
State and county police reportedly target the wedding of a lawyer representing a woman who filed for divorce from a Kanawha County sheriff's deputy.
A trooper commits suicide while on duty, sparking hundreds of postings to a local news Web site, many of which contain criticisms of State Police leadership.
All three instances involve claims of misconduct by State Police at headquarters in South Charleston, but state officials say only one of those allegations is being investigated.
On July 18, Cpl. Marlo Gonzales committed suicide with his service weapon while inside his cruiser.
The following day on the Web site for television station WSAZ-TV, comments started being posted extending condolences to the Gonzales family. There were also numerous comments both praising State Police and criticizing the current police administration, including State Police Col. David Lemmon.
As of Friday, there were more than 600 posts on the Web site.
"This is not about a personal grudge a few men have against the department, but widespread," reads one anonymous post. "They pushed this man for well over a year. ... The simple truth is that, since this administration has taken over, we have been unable to be as affective as we once were."
The Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety has not learned anything that would require an investigation into Gonzales' suicide, said Jim Spears, secretary of the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety
"First and foremost in our minds is the tragic situation with Trooper Gonzales. Our thoughts, prayers and attention are with his friends and family," he said. "Right now we are making sure their basic needs are being met."
Calls to Lemmon were not returned on Friday. On Thursday, calls to the superintendent were referred to Department of Military Affairs officials.
Spears said he has begun an investigation, requested by Gov. Joe Manchin on Wednesday, to study the issue of suicide among police officers. Manchin asked Spears to look at how other states have dealt with the problem to see if there were ways to reduce the chance of another suicide.