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Video Shows Justice Calling Officer 'Total Lunatic'

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Ashton Marra
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

 Political opponents are criticizing billionaire Jim Justice, a Democrat running for governor in West Virginia, for calling a police officer a "total lunatic" during a December 2014 traffic stop.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph obtained video of the incident through a Freedom of Information Act request and posted it to the newspaper's website on Sunday. The video drew criticisms from gubernatorial campaigns for Democrat Jeff Kessler and Republican Bill Cole.

Justice's campaign says he has apologized to the police chief.

The 12-minute video shows Justice exit his car and talk to the Lewisburg Police Department officer, who stopped him for driving 54 mph in a 40 mph zone. The officer couldn't find Justice's vehicle tags on file.

Justice owns Appalachian coal mines and The Greenbrier resort.

In the video, Justice also says he's not too big for the law.


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