Five Birmingham, Alabama, police officers have been fired for beating an unconscious man while a police car camera caught it all on film.
The January 2008 “Birmingham beating” video shows the five cops striking the suspect with fists, feet, and a billy club – this is after he’s crashed his van and flipped out of the window. The video continues for approximately 15 seconds until a police officer turns off the recording.
The suspect, Anthony Warren, had led police on a 22-minute car chase after they tried to question him about suspicious behavior. Warren has several felony arrests and convictions on his record, including theft, receiving stolen property, and escape.
The beating video had been seen by various Birmingham police officers and as many as six supervisors in the last year, but the top police brass didn’t know that the beating had occurred until two months ago.
In fact, the man in the video – Anthony Warren – didn't even know he'd been beaten until the tape was shown at his trial in March 2009. Warren was unconscious for the beating and believed that all of his injuries were sustained in the car accident.
Of course, Warren sued the city of Birmingham – citing internal bleeding, broken bones, bruising, permanent injury, and mental anguish. He was convicted of assault in March 2009 and was sentenced to 20 years in jail.
Sounds like quite a bad day in Birmingham.
(H/T to The Birmingham News)
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