What A Police Takedown of a White Mayor and a Little Known Killing of a Black Man Taught Me About Excessive Use of Force

A Citizen’s Guide to Watchdogging Policing

Richwood, West Virginia photo by Penny Loeb

On the evening of March 1, 2018, the mayor of Richwood, a tiny impoverished city tucked in West Virginia mountains, was slammed into a wall, handcuffed and dragged off by the chief of police while trying to ask a…