Five Birmingham cops fired in beating case

May 21, 2009 at 2:42 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 21 (UPI) -- Five police officers in Birmingham, Ala., were fired for allegedly beating an unconscious suspect following a crash that ended a police chase, officials said.

The Tuesday night dismissals were announced Wednesday by Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper and Mayor Larry Langford, The Birmingham News reported. The officers are appealing the fiirings to the Jefferson County Personnel Board.

Officials said supervisors who failed to report the Jan. 23, 2008, incident to higher-ups also face disciplinary action.

The FBI also is investigating whether the beating of Anthony Warren, 38, violated his civil rights, the newspaper said.

The beating after one Birmingham police officer tried to question Warren about possible drug activity and he fled, leading police on a 22-minute chase. A police video shows Warren hitting a Hoover police officer and then being thrown from his own car after he crashed. Authorities said he was unconscious when officers began hitting him with a club, as well as with their fists and feet.

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