Birmingham officer indicted for two counts of excessive force | News
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC)- A federal grand jury has indicted a Birmingham police officer for two seperate incidents during which authorities say he used excessive force.
Corey L. Hooper, 34, has been on administrative duty since the beginning of the federal investigation, according to Birmingham Police. They say additional action from the department is pending in light of this latest news.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, both incidents occurred in 2007. Hooper allegedly injured one individual while an X26 Taser stun gun August 4. The second incident occurred September 6 when Hooper allegedly struck a man repeatedly with his hands and fists while the man was handcuffed and secured in the backset of a patrol car.
If Hooper is convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.
Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper released the following statement in regards to these indictments:
We were notified at the onset of their investigation and we fully supported their efforts in conducting their investigation. One thing is for sure, this indictment does not reflect upon the hundreds of officers working hard every day to make Birmingham a safer city.
A police spokesperson said in a press release that Hooper was hired in February 2001 and worked as an officer in the detective bureau.
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