CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Another lawsuit claiming police brutality has been filed against the city of Montgomery, a former officer there and another officer on administrative leave.
According to a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Matthew Leavitt and Shawn Hutchinson, both Montgomery police officers at the time, responded to a 911 call at the home of Roderick White on Sept. 29.
Leavitt jumped on White's back, causing him to fall to the ground. Leavitt then told Hutchinson to spray White with a chemical agent and used racial slurs, according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Mike Clifford.
After White was arrested, he was thrown down stairs while handcuffed and beaten on his right side, according to the suit.
Clifford said he filed the lawsuit after Kanawha County Magistrate Tim Halloran dropped charges against White stemming from the incident on Oct. 30.
Roderick White's wife, Lakisha White, told the Gazette in October that the officers also sprayed her, and that Leavitt grabbed her by the back of the neck, injuring her spine.
"He threatened to 'blow my fat black ass away,'" she said. "He said, 'Bitch, I own you. I own the streets of Montgomery.'"
Leavitt said in October that he believed Roderick White was under the influence of crack cocaine during the incident. "The minimum force was applied to control the situation," he said.
He declined to comment on the lawsuit on Wednesday. Montgomery Police Chief Pete Lopez did not return phone calls on Wednesday.
There are several lawsuits pending against Montgomery police, Leavitt and Hutchinson.
They also say Leavitt repeatedly used a racial epithet against Twan Reynolds, and Lauren Reynolds accused Leavitt of licking her on the neck during an interrogation and saying, "Little whore, you like it like that."
Leavitt was suspended and Hutchinson was fired after that alleged incident.