- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A federal jury has ordered an assistant police chief in Gilbert to pay $7,500 in medical bills apiece for two Mingo County men who claimed their civil rights were violated when they were beaten by officers in 2011.

The jury also ordered assistant police chief Nathan Glanden to pay $2,500 apiece in compensatory damages and $2,500 in punitive damages to Bobby Lester and Jimmy West. The jury’s verdict came in a trial held last week in U.S. District Court in Charleston, court documents show.

“What a courageous jury,” Richard Weston, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys, told The Charleston Gazette (https://bit.ly/1HhotZd). “It is hard to rule against those that have all the power in favor of those with none. We are truly thankful that the jury sent a message that police brutality will not be tolerated in West Virginia.”

Lester and West filed a lawsuit in 2013 against Glanden, the town of Gilbert, another officer, the West Virginia State Police and one of its troopers. The jury ruled against only Glanden, finding that he had violated the men’s civil rights.

The lawsuit alleged Glanden accused the men of stealing his gun, then brought other officers to the men’s home in August 2011. West and Lester were beaten “for no reason and without provocation,” the lawsuit stated.

“After the beating, the officers simply left. Neither Mr. West nor Mr. Lester were arrested or ever charged with a crime,” the lawsuit stated.

Both men received treatment at a hospital for injuries suffered in the beatings.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, https://www.wvgazette.com

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