"They said, 'You niggers think you can do anything down here. This is our movie. This ain't no rap movie,'" Twan said.
When Twan and Lauren Reynolds were arrested, their daughter was left in their car. An acquaintance took Kaleigha, but her parents didn't know what had happened to her while they were under arrest.
Lauren Reynolds says Leavitt licked her on the neck during the interrogation and said, "Little whore, you like it like that."
Leavitt is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 24. According to sentencing guidelines, he faces up to two years in prison and a $200,000 fine. Leavitt also surrendered his West Virginia law enforcement certification as part of his plea deal.
The Reynolds' lawyer, Mike Clifford, said the plea deal was a victory for the Reynolds family and for the town of Montgomery. Since the incident, most Montgomery police officers have left, he said.
"They have some good officers up there now," Clifford said.
After the September incident, Hutchinson was fired because he was in a probationary period and Leavitt was put on paid leave, Montgomery Mayor James F. Higgins Jr. said last month.
Since then, the Montgomery police force has raised starting pay from $11 to $15 an hour, he said.
All of the officers left of their own accord, including Chief Pete Lopez, who resigned in May, Higgins said. The only officer who remains from September is Burrow, who works part time, he said.
Kaleigha is still afraid of police and is in therapy because of what she saw that night, Lauren Reynolds said.
The family was pulled over one night after leaving Clifford's office for having an expired inspection sticker on their car, Lauren Reynolds said.
"Kaleigha started crying, 'They're going to take my daddy away,'" she said.
The Charleston police officer tried to calm the girl, then gave her mother back her license and let them go.
"He told Kaleigha, 'See, we're not all bad,'" Lauren Reynolds said.
Lauren and Twan Reynolds talk to their lawyer, Mike Clifford, in his office on Monday. Former Montgomery Police Officer Matthew Leavitt pleaded guilty to two civil-rights violations in federal court for beating Twan Reynolds with a slap jack and illegally charging Lauren Reynolds with a DUI.
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