BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Five Alabama police officers have been
fired for beating an apparently unconscious suspect after a roadway
The attack was caught on a patrol car videotape that didn't
surface publicly for a year.
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper says the officers were
seasoned veterans but acted in a "shameful" manner. As he puts
it, the department "terminated 50 years of combined service due to
10 seconds of injustice."
The officers can appeal.
Authorities believe numerous Birmingham officers and as many as
a half-dozen supervisors saw the video over the past year, but none
Roper says in addition to the terminations, he's also reviewing
"supervisor's actions, reporting mechanisms and policies." And he
says disciplinary could be taken. The Alabama Bureau of
Investigation will review possible criminal charges.