Former West Virginia officer charged with federal civil rights offense

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A federal grand jury in West Virginia on Tuesday filed charges against a former West Virginia police officer for violating civil rights against an arrested person.

According to court records, 44-year-old Everett Maynard was charged Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Charleston for using excessive force against an arrested person while Maynard was a police officer with the Logan, West Virginia police station.

In the indictment, Maynard is charged with a number of deprivation of rights. The indictment states that Maynard “used unreasonable force in assaulting the arrested RW, resulting in bodily harm to RW”.

The count provides for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

According to the prosecution, the incident occurred in or near Logan on October 16, 2020.

Deputy Attorney General Pamela S. Karlan, Department of Civil Rights, Ministry of Justice; Acting US attorney Lisa G. Johnston for the southern district of West Virginia; Carlton Peeples of the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office announced this.

This case was investigated by the Charleston Resident Agency of the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office with the assistance of the West Virginia State Police and is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Kathryn E. Gilbert of the Civil Rights Division and US Assistant Attorney Nowles Heinrich.

This is a developing story.

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