Robin Crawford said Snavely harassed him in August while giving him a parking ticket in the Summers County town.
Crawford said he came out of the post office and Snavely told him not to drive off because he was going to write him a parking ticket. Crawford said he knew there was no money in the meter and didn't argue. He says he got in his car and waited for the ticket.
"Then he jerks me out of my car and starts barking instructions like I was on a plantation," said Crawford, who is black. "He said, 'I'll take your goddamn ass to jail.'"
Crawford said Snavely didn't hit him.
"I'll give him credit for that. But he felt on me so much I'm wondering whether he's got a thing for me."
This was by no means Crawford's first run-in with Hinton police.
In 1987, Crawford and his cousin, Kenneth Pack, were beaten by four officers from the Hinton police and Summers County sheriff's department.
Then-Summers County prosecutor Joe Aucremanne said there was not enough evidence to bring charges against the officers. The FBI stepped in and federal charges were filed.
Crosses were burned in Crawford's and the Hinton newspaper editor's front lawns, delaying the trial.
A federal jury found former Hinton Police Chief Larry Keaton, city Officer Thomas Cobb and county Deputies Howard Sears and Ronald Hatcher guilty of violating Pack's civil rights. Crawford's case was dropped.
Crawford has been in trouble in the past, too. He once shot a man in a bar fight and was convicted of battering a man in a bar brawl, Aucremanne said.
Crawford said he's witnessed Snavely harassing others while writing tickets.
Maier lives just outside of Hinton and practices law in the local courthouse. He says he never drives in Hinton after dark, and tells his friends to do the same.
"It's hard for me to understand how anybody's going to start a business here with this climate," he said. "I've had too many clients report the same behavior from one officer [Snavely] and this behavior is consistent to what I've come to expect from Hinton police."
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