West Virginia state trooper faces excessive force lawsuit

CHARLESTON (AP)- A West Virginia state trooper who was suspended after a teen suspect allegedly was beaten during a traffic stop last month faces an excessive force lawsuit from an earlier incident.

Charlestown attorney Braun Hamstead filed the lawsuit earlier this year against Martinsburg Trooper First Class Derek Walker, who had arrested Hamstead’s wife in 2016. The lawsuit says Walker dragged Julie Ann Hamstead in a parking lot and slammed her to the ground before placing her in handcuffs.

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