Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 5, 2013

W.Va. man claims sheriff’s deputies beat him

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — A West Virginia man involved in a domestic violence dispute two years ago is suing the Logan County Sheriff’s Department over a beating he says he suffered after his arrest.

Charles Allen Simpkins also sued two deputies in U.S. District Court this week over the July 2011 incident near Accoville.

Simpkins says he called 911, but when he went outside to talk to the two deputies about the fight with his girlfriend, he was immediately pepper-sprayed and shoved into the patrol car.

Simpkins says he was sprayed a second time and threatened with a beating when he asked deputies to lower the window.

He says that beating was delivered later behind an elementary school.

Sheriff Sonya Dingiss Porter was out of the office Friday and didn’t immediately return a message.