CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Montgomery police officer was fired and another officer was placed on administrative leave Saturday after being accused of beating a black man Friday night.
Twan Reynolds and his wife, Lauren, accuse Patrolmen Shawn Hutchinson and Matthew Leavitt 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 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."
Hutchinson, Leavitt and Lauren Reynolds are white.
Leavitt denied that he did anything improper. He said Twan Reynolds became violent more than once after a routine traffic stop and had to be subdued.
"This was not Rodney King," Leavitt said. "This was an out-of-control suspect and his wife."
Montgomery Mayor Jim Higgins said he fired Hutchinson Saturday for insubordination. Higgins explained that Hutchinson was a probationary officer, so he was terminated immediately.
Higgins said he would decide about Leavitt later. He also is facing a charge of insubordination.
"I am still gathering information," Higgins said.
Montgomery Chief of Police Pete Lopez is investigating the allegations that the officers were abusive to the couple, Higgins said.
Higgins said he could not comment on the allegations because he is also the town's municipal judge. He said he expects the case to come before him in municipal court.
The couple was cited for several charges in Montgomery municipal court, according to Leavitt.
Twan Reynolds was cited for two counts of battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice.
Lauren Reynolds was cited with battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, obstruction of justice and having an open container.
According to Twan and Lauren Reynolds, the two officers followed them around during a football game Friday night between Valley and Fayetteville high schools.
After the game, Lauren Reynolds drove Twan Reynolds and their 4-year-old daughter to the 7-Eleven convenience store in Montgomery. She said they needed to get air for the car's tires.
As they left the parking lot, she said, a police car blocked their exit.
Leavitt said he and Hutchinson pulled the car over "for a routine traffic stop."
Leavitt said he spotted a half-empty bottle of Grey Goose vodka in the back seat.
He asked Lauren Reynolds to get out of the car to perform a field sobriety test.