CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Twan and Lauren Reynolds, who were assaulted and beaten by then-Montgomery police officer Matthew Leavitt, have settled their lawsuit with the city for $500,000, said Mike Clifford, their lawyer.
"I feel relieved by it," said Twan Reynolds. "The main objective was earlier [Leavitt's criminal trial], when justice prevailed on it. ... I didn't know what would come of this but I felt like it was fair."
On Sept. 26, 2008, Leavitt stopped the Reynoldses' vehicle as it was leaving a 7-Eleven parking lot.
There, Leavitt and Officer Shawn Hutchinson pulled Lauren Reynolds from the car, telling her it sounded like she was slurring her words. They looked at her license, which had a St. Albans address.
"They said, 'You're a little St. Albans girl. You haven't had the privilege of being introduced to the Montgomery police yet,'" Lauren Reynolds said.
Twan Reynolds started talking to the two officers as he also tried to calm his daughter, who also was in the vehicle.
Leavitt and Hutchinson pulled Twan Reynolds out of his car and tried to handcuff him. When Reynolds told the men he hadn't done anything that justified arrest, Leavitt pulled out a slapjack - a small weapon with a weight at the end - and hit him in the face with it, according to Montgomery Police Lt. J.D. Burrow.
In December, Burrow told the Gazette that Leavitt and Hutchinson threatened to arrest him when he tried to stop them from attacking Reynolds.