"Leavitt told me to shut the [expletive] up. That no one talks to him like that," according to the statement.
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 small slap jack and hit him in the face with it, according to Burrow's statement.
"I said, 'What are you doing?' " Burrow wrote in the statement. "I reached in to pull Leavitt away from Twan. Leavitt then hit Twan in the face with his fist several times. I told Leavitt to stop. ... Leavitt asked me, 'Aren't you going to help?' ... [They] said they would arrest my ass if I didn't step back."
Leavitt has been sued five times since October over accusations of wrongdoing as a police officer.
Changes in Montgomery
After the incident in September, Hutchinson was fired because he was in a probationary period and Leavitt was put on paid leave, said Montgomery Mayor James F. Higgins Jr. Since then, the Montgomery police force has had nearly a complete turnover in officers and has raised starting pay from $11 an hour to $15, he said.
All of the officers left of their own accord, including former chief Pete Lopez, who resigned in May, Higgins said. The only officer who remains from September is Burrow, who is part-time, he said.
"It was completely his choice. Pete owns three businesses in Montgomery," Higgins said. "And he did some soul searching and decided it would be better if he concentrated strictly on the businesses."
The new chief is Greg Lawson, who was a federal agent for 20 years and ran for sheriff in Cabell County in the last election, Higgins said.
"It just worked out that way," Higgins says of the turnover. "If the others decided to stay, we were going to change the approach to pay scale and the type of officers we were seeking anyway and we would have continued to work with Chief Lopez if he would have chose to stay. So all of this, I would have to say, just kind of happened."
Higgins said he doesn't know that the five lawsuits filed against Leavitt and Montgomery have any merit.
"That'll be a call to the insurance company as to whether those are settled outside or taken into court," he said.
Clifford said that he believes the charges against Leavitt only scratch the surface of past problems with Montgomery's police force.
"I'm hopeful the investigation will go forth," he said. "I think that there has been problems in the past and I'm hopeful that they are straightening it up now. And I think we need to find out what happened."
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