BLUEFIELD – The Mercer County Police Department is beginning an investigating into charges of police brutality reported by a Bluefield man.
Bluefield Police Chief Dennis Dillow tells Newswatch his department is conducting an internal investigation into reports made by Jeremy Carbaugh of Bluefield.
Carbaugh claims officers used excessive force while he was arrested at his home. Carbaugh was being arrested on malicious wounding and assault charges.
A video from his home made by Carbaugh during the arrest shows the entire incident.
Preliminary reports note Carbaugh was intoxicated and using racial slurs during the arrest.
Dillow says the situation is being taken seriously even though several issues have changed.
“From the time he came through the door to the time he left: even as I stated he was here on Tuesday, Wednesday, no visible signs of injury. No neck brace. Thursday, miraculously he has a neck brace, a week after he was released from jail.”
Carbaugh is released on bond and will appear in magistrate court within the next ten days.