St Albans officers pin Amy Connelly to the floor outside a police station holding cell
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that its newly hired deputy didn't know his former colleague at the St. Albans Police Department had punched a handcuffed woman in the eye at a scene where both were present.
Ferguson's new employer placed him on administrative leave last week while it assessed his involvement in the case.
The review concluded that Ferguson didn't witness Lawton hit 35-year-old Amy Connelly at the St. Albans police station. The sheriff's office reinstated Ferguson on Wednesday.
"Ferguson was in the other room on the phone when the incident started and entered the room where the holding cell is located after the punch was thrown and as Connelly was being removed from the cell," the office wrote in a press release. "Ferguson then assisted the other officers as Connelly was placed on the floor."