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Former Birmingham Cops Acquitted In Civil Rights Case

A federal jury has acquitted two former Birmingham police officers on charges of violating the civil rights of a suspect.

The dash cam introduced as evidence in court shows a white van fleeing police, flipping over and the driver being ejected. The tape shows officers punching and kicking the man as he lay motionless.

The jury found officers 40-year-old Barrett Dewitt and 37-year-old David Doran not guilty of violating the civil rights of the suspect by using unreasonable force.

Dewitt’s Attorney, Everett Wess says, "I think this frees the police throughout the Birmingham metro area to do their jobs and hopefully they can do their jobs and not have to face what these two individuals have faced here this week."

"We believe it was certainly appropriate to charge these two defendants to let a jury decide, the jury heard all the evidence and we're satisfied that they took it all seriously," says federal prosecutor Robert Posey.

Warren is also suing the city of Birmingham, several current and former officers in civil court. The lawsuit was delayed until after the criminal trial.

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  • Holy cow, I never saw the video that showed him nearly running over the cop who was putting out stop sticks. Justice served, I believe.

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    • Justice would be them bringing him in to be tried in front of a judge, what you watched was brutality. They could of been beating a dead body for all they knew...creepy stuff

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    • It's funny you should mention the first part of the video, because I never saw it either. Funny how that was edited out.

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    • They never show those things when they're trying to hang officers out to dry.

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    • The media didn't show that part. They only showed where the police hit the suspect. This reminds me of the Rodney King videos where they ONLY played a short loop of the police beating him. They didn't show the full video where he got up several times, lunging at the police.

      It goes how to show the media can manipulate things and fool people into believeing a certain way.

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    • Exactly. The media always seems to leave those parts out.

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  • Oh, running from the police, putting others in danger, and you almost ran over a cop? Should have beat the shit out of him. Make it so he can't run again.

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  • To be honest that looked quite bad at the end, I appreciate feelings are running high but no excuse for what i saw.

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  • I read the description and was pissed offed that the cops got away.

    Then I saw the first few seconds and was like "kick his ass."

    Then I saw the beating, and I don't know what to think. I am glad they beat him up, but am shocked they got away with it.

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    • i read the description 1st also and then i saw him try to run over a officer. then i thought "what if this pos committed a crime against one of my loved ones?" i almost wanted to stomp a mudhole in his ass myself

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    • That pretty much describes it for me too. A damn "on the fence" case if ever there was one. The beating was harsh but so was almost running down a police officer.

      I guess you just have to respect the findings of the jury. It's really their jurisdiction, their home, their call.

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  • they were just making sure he was dead

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  • The suspect committed attempted murder, but the cops absolutely used excessive force. Those are not mutually exclusive.

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    • Yeah they pretty clearly beat an unconscious dude. The law is the law. But there were extraordinary circumstances that should be factored into them getting a lesser punishment.

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  • I think the cops involved should be able to beat his ass once a week for all the lives he endangered.

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  • I'm all against using excessive force, but I feel no sympathy for this idiot. I would have stomped his head into the ground as well.

    I realize that cops are supposed to be held to higher standards, but considering this idiot just tried to run them down moments earlier, I see no problem.

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  • I'm against police brutality when it is unjustified.

    In this case, where he tried his damnedest to run over the officer with the spike strip, he EARNED some supplemental injuries!

    The officer risked his life to use the spike strip, a safe way to end such a chase. An A-hole like this deserves to have his tires shot out, using a gun with a rear sight about 2" tall.

    Yes, it was excessive punching, but 60 seconds after he tried to kill an officer is no time to snivel for HIS rights.

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    • Wow. That's amazing. In your world, there is such a thing as justified police brutality.

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    • Heh, if you knew me personally, you would be even more amazed.

      Since this posting, another police chase in Los Angeles where I live ended with the suspect T-boning an innocent civilian. The injured civilian was left untended in his car until the police secured the perp.

      I don't know about your town, but here in the car capital of the world, these chases sometimes carry on for hours with the police afraid to take decisive action, and too often end with injured or killed innocents, and the More..

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  • That idiot got what he deserved. What he ran for prior, I don't know but he decided to flee and put lives of innocent motorists/peds in danger, including striking a police officer with his vehicle (which woul be considered as assault with deady weapon/intent to kill) and even though he got ejected out of his vehicle doesn't dimiss these facts, let alone end the possibilitie he could all of a sudden wake up (or faking) and cause more in an already dangerous situation. I am very pro-police and I w More..

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  • looks like he did run over the officers ankle. he intentionally hit the officer. i believe that he actually tried to kill the officer in the course of fleeing. they should have killed him. he got off light with the amount of force they used on him.

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  • I do love the bastard cop videos, but I don't think this is one of them. This isn't the cops attacking someone unprovoked. It was reasonable force given the circumstances.

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  • You try and run me over like that and a beating would be the least of your problems. lol.

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  • Tried to run the cop over?? Looked to me like he DID! His foot at least.

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  • I don't have any sympathy for the suspect, but it's unprofessional to beat him up. This is why some criminals don't get their just punishmentment. Act like cops, not retarded school boys.

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    • That's an interesting and valid concern. This guy seemed to deserve the "full weight of the law". And he's just one example. Not to single him out.

      Does he end up with lighter treatment than he deserves, through the justice system, than he would otherwise?

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  • When he damn near hit that cop with the spike strip it was game on. Couldn't tell if he was just trying to avoid the spikes or aiming for the cop but it didn't matter at that point..he was in for a beating either way.

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  • they should have rushed him with bouquets of roses

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  • A lot of people may agree with what Police did. But Police are police not a judge. Once your loose your police bearing, you're as dangerous as the criminal. You can use your position and justify anything. Those police were as brutal as the criminal itself. What you approve from Police, wait until you're in that position. Not as a criminal, just as a citizen or suspect.

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  • If I tried to outrun the cops and got caught, I would fully expect to get a beating. Not right or lawful, but it happens and it's a deterrent!

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  • PIGS !!

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  • He deserved it. Too bad the white van was damaged.

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  • Notice the cop sprinting back to his car to turn off the camera once he realizes it is pointing directly at them *video ends*. Says a lot.

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  • when you flee from police, try NOT to kill one of them...
    so they won't beat the hell out of your ass when they'll catch you !

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