Lee Berry, the landlord of the apartment building where the fight happened, said she saw Barnette start the fight.
"I heard yelling out in the hall and walked out the front door," Berry said. "She started screaming at [the 17-year-old], yelling at him. She stripped off her coat and shirt and had on a white wife-beater under that. ... She hauled off and laid into him and he laid back into her."
Barnette said the 17-year-old ripped off her shirt.
Berry also said Brenda Griggs, Barnette's friend, was evicted from her apartment before the fight occurred. She has to be out by Feb. 15.
Hutchinson had his recorder running when he told Barnette to keep quiet while she was talking to Roop. On the audio file, Barnette can be heard arguing back and forth with Hutchinson about her previous claims against the 17-year-old.
"If you've got something bad to say about me or him, or you got problems with the way we do things at this department, you don't think anything is getting done, like I said you're more than welcome to file a complaint," Hutchinson said. "Until that time comes that you file a complaint or get out of my office, keep your mouth shut because I don't want to hear it. ... [Roop] is trying to do work, so leave him alone."
Barnette was taken from South Central Regional Jail to CAMC General Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a concussion. Hutchinson says she never mentioned that she was sick while in his presence. She does not mention being sick on the hourlong audio file.
'I want a good name'
Hutchinson says he believes he and Leavitt's actions were proper the night they arrested Twan and Lauren Reynolds in Montgomery.
"It's my strong opinion we didn't do anything wrong," he said. "The mayor [Jim Higgins] didn't stand behind me or Leavitt. Whenever he fired me the next day, that was a sign of weakness. It told everyone, 'My boys did do it.'
"He brought me in the next day after the incident. ... He fired me without asking a word about what happened."
Hutchinson admits that Leavitt had a drinking problem in his past, but says he was a good officer while Hutchinson worked with him.
"There was one time he got in trouble. He scraped cocaine from a drug dealer's nose. He used the bullet from his gun," Hutchinson said. "That was in his personnel file. He was punished for it."
Leavitt was an aggressive officer, but a good officer, Hutchinson said. He believes Leavitt got in trouble because so many drug dealers were angry with him.
"Every shift, he was messing with these drug dealers' income," Hutchinson said. "They're going to try to get the officer fired to keep that income coming in, to keep getting the fix. Drug addicts, when they don't have dope, they get angry."
Hutchinson says he talked to Leavitt just before he went to prison.
"Matt is definitely not a racist," Hutchinson said. "Matt was an aggressive police officer."
Hutchinson said he believes Twan and Lauren Reynolds believe they were in the right that night, but he still believes he and Leavitt made a lawful arrest.
"It's a shame they are getting away with $500,000 that they don't deserve," he said. "The actions taken were proper. I'll stand by that as long as I live."
Hutchinson said he and Leavitt didn't have time to do anything to the Reynoldses when they got back to the police station that night because medics followed them from the 7-Eleven to the police station.
In depositions by Fayette County EMS workers Brandi Jarrett and Nicole Williams, both say they stopped at the 7-Eleven and then followed the police officers to the station and treated Twan Reynolds' eye, which was sprayed with Mace.
Hutchinson said he's only 22 and wants to be successful in life.
"This is really bringing me down," he said. "I want a good name.
He says he's tried to stress to new officers, such as Roop, that they need to make sure they're careful.
"You want to be a good police officer out there. Your No. 1 priority should be to protect and serve," he said. "It's a shame, but your No. 1 priority is to cover your own butt or you'll end up in the same situation I'm in."
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