The lawsuit claims Roberts "refused to allow the plaintiff to contact his lawyer and refused to permit the plaintiff to retrieve his heart medication."
"Sadly I think it's pretty much demonstrative of how the police departments of Montgomery and Smithers have operated in the past couple years," Clifford said. "There appears to be a sense of lawlessness on the part of public officials that is not attended to by the administrations of either town."
Attempts to reach Neal, who is no longer a Smithers police officer, were unsuccessful. Smithers Police Chief Gary Perdue did not return calls to his cell phone.
Two Montgomery officers, identified as John Doe #3 and John Doe #4, are named in the lawsuit. Montgomery Police Chief Pete Lopez said his department was named because Perdue is a patrolman in Montgomery as well as the Smithers chief.
When Sullivan was first arrested, Montgomery officers were called to the scene as backup, though he was already in handcuffs and in the police cruiser by the time they arrived, Lopez said.
In subsequent instances, Perdue was on the scene as chief of Smithers, though he was on duty in Montgomery and driving a Montgomery police vehicle at the time, Lopez said.
The two departments used to have more officers that worked in both places, but now Perdue is the only one, Lopez said. Often 911 calls send officers from one town into the other as backup, he said. The two towns, located right at the Kanawha-Fayette county line, have no agreement beyond the mutual aid agreement that applies to all law enforcement agencies in West Virginia, he said.
In the Sept. 5 lawsuit, Veronia Strickland claims that Perdue told her that the cost of running Ray's City Cab was $2,000 a month shortly after the Powellton resident bought the business in December 2004, according to a suit filed Sept. 5 by Charleston lawyers Mike Callaghan and Mark Kelley.
Clifford said he believes there are at least a half-dozen other cases that exhibit misconduct by Montgomery or Smithers police officers. He said he plans to file several more lawsuits within the next two months.
"We are going to investigate each one separately," he said. "I want to dot all the i's and cross all the t's ahead of time. But it's rather obvious that law enforcement in Fayetteville and Charleston are not concerned at all."
Reach Gary Harki at 348-5163 or gha...@wvgazette.com.