Beckley Police officer charged with battery

BECKLEY, W.Va. — A member of the City of Beckley Police Department has been place on unpaid administrative leave, after he allegedly attacked a woman outside a Raleigh County nightclub.

According to court documents, sheriff’s deputies responded to the parking lot of a bar in Daniels May 23 for a reported¬†assault in progress. Zachary Bailey, of Lynco, Wyoming County, was taken into custody at the scene.

The alleged victim told officers Bailey assaulted her, ripped her shirt, and threw her to the ground.  Bailey reportedly stated he got into an argument with the woman and pushed her.

Following the initial investigation, Bailey was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery.

The criminal case remains under investigation by the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, and also is being investigated by the police department’s Professional Standards Unit.

Bailey initially was placed on paid administrative leave, which later was changed to unpaid leave.

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