Wolfe alleges that in June of 2007 he was taken to a small room in the South Charleston State Police barracks and beaten. After the beating, he says, police covered it up. A lawsuit by Wolfe alleged four officers were directly involved.
State Police settled Wolfe's lawsuit for $200,001.01, plus attorney's fees and expenses.
According to court filings in the lawsuit, State Police conducted their own criminal and administrative investigation into the incident but did not prosecute or discipline the officers.
Good and Jones were killed in the Sept. 13 shooting incident, and it was up to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department to investigate the case. On Sept. 28, Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford and Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants held a press conference to announce they had cleared the officers involved of any wrongdoing.
Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said the city would conduct an internal review, which includes a deadly force review board's examining the incident.
Plants said he sees no reason to continue the investigation. He said police were justified in killing Good and that Jones' death was a tragic accident.
Webster said he was open to releasing details from the internal review to the public.
"We would be open to maybe going over the information but as to releasing the report as a whole, I don't know," he said.
'Transparency in government'
Frank Crabtree, director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Charleston, said in the latest cases, a civilian review board could go a long way to satisfying public curiosity about what happened.
It provides a level of police accountability not now found in West Virginia, he said.
"We have to have transparency in government," he said. "People tend to forget that law enforcement is a part of government and works for the people. And in order to make informed judgments, the people need to know what is going on."
Crabtree cited a February state study showing that minorities in West Virginia are 1.5 times more likely to be pulled over and then 2.5 times more likely to be searched if they are pulled over. He believes a civilian review system could help in that area, as well.
"That data came from traffic stops filed by police. Had it been objective, who knows what it would be," he said.
The state Attorney General's Office gets a fairly regular stream of complaints about police from around the state, said Paul Sheridan, deputy attorney general.
"It's been my perception that one reason these come in with regularity is that there is a lack of a mechanism for citizens to have their concerns addressed," he said.
The Attorney General's Office has jurisdiction over civil rights cases, which lets them look into some, but not all, of the complaints they receive.
"If they beat you up because of race, we can talk to you. If they beat you up because of no reason at all, I'm sorry but we can't help you."
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