Montgomery Police Chief Pete Lopez said Thursday he hasn't seen Burrow's statement. He said anything like that he would have forwarded to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, which is investigating the incident.
Hutchinson was still in his probationary period and was fired immediately after the incident. Leavitt was on paid administrative leave until he was called to active military duty in November. He is on unpaid leave from the Montgomery Police Department and is scheduled to go to Iraq, Lopez said.
"Policemen are afforded the Policeman's Bill of Rights," Lopez said when asked why Leavitt hadn't been fired. "There is a specific manner to dismiss an officer. The first procedure is for an investigation."
Burrow, who is black, said this was not the first incident involving Leavitt and Hutchinson allegedly attacking people.
Black people in the community would occasionally complain about the two officers' conduct, he said.
"There were certain things that happened, and people would come to me about things like that," Burrow told the Gazette-Mail on Thursday. "They would explain that they needed something taken up with the chief. ... There were several incidents that happened, that I do believe took place, but there was nothing I could do about it."
Burrow said he was asked last spring by former police chief Lawrence Washington to move from day shift to evening shift "to find out if there was any racial profiling going on."
Burrow said that when he refused to cover up Leavitt and Hutchinson's actions, he was put back on day shift. He went to Montgomery Mayor Jim Higgins to discuss the matter.
"I said, I'm a man of God and I'm not going to get up and lie for you. I believe in telling the truth, and that's what I told him. ... I wasn't going to lie for [Leavitt and Hutchinson]," Burrow said Thursday. "The next day, I was back on day shift."
When contacted at home Thursday, Higgins' wife said he was sick and would not come to the phone.
Lopez said he doesn't believe race is an issue in the matter.
"Personally, I think that became an issue when the lawyers got involved," he said.
Burrow said he doesn't understand why Leavitt and Hutchinson were on the police force when so many allegations cropped up during their time in Montgomery.
"It was thrown in a corner until something big like this happened," he said. "Now it's a different story."
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