MONTGOMERY, W.Va. -- The state Human Rights Commission held a meeting Thursday in Montgomery, but it didn't have anything to do with allegations that led to one officer being suspended and another fired, said Ivin Lee, the commission's executive director.
The meeting was one of many Lee said she schedules around the state to let people know what the commission does and how it works.
Before the meeting, Lee said that the commission had two formal complaints open in Montgomery, one against the police.
The Human Rights Commission takes complaints of all types of discrimination and investigates them, Lee said. The commission gets between 1,500 and 2,000 complaints a year, she said. Of those, between 450 and 600 become working case investigations.
"You get so many where people get fired and are angry," Lee said. "Many people get the forms but don't follow through."
Last month, Twan Reynolds and his wife, Lauren, accused Patrolman Matthew Leavitt and Patrolman Shawn Hutchinson of repeatedly hitting Twan Reynolds over the head with a blackjack, kicking him in the back and spraying his eyes with Mace at close range. They filed a lawsuit in Kanawha County Circuit Court last week.
The couple also said Leavitt repeatedly used a racial epithet against Twan Reynolds, who is black, and Lauren Reynolds accused Leavitt of licking her on the neck during an interrogation and saying, "Little whore, you like it like that."
Thursday's meeting was held at the old Montgomery High School building, which now serves as the Living Waters Church. The church's pastor is Terrance Hamm, Twan Reynolds' brother.
Hamm, also a Montgomery city councilman, declined to talk about what happened to his brother. He did say he had heard complaints about the two officers before.