A dramatic 2008 police chase in Birmingham, Ala. -- that ended with officers beating an unconscious suspect who had been flung from his vehicle when it crashed -- has led to the firing of five officers one year later.
Police had been questioning 38-year-old Anthony Warren about possible drug activity when he fled and lead police on a nearly 30-minute chase. Warren's minivan eventually veered into a ditch, rolling twice and flinging him from an open window. Police then proceeded to beat the unconscious Warren, kicking, punching and striking him with clubs.
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Birmingham police chief A.C. Roper said that while the officers actions before the crash were exemplary, the beating was "shameful." Five officers involved in the incident have been fired.
“Dr. King wrote from the Birmingham Jail that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,'” said Birmingham Mayor Larry P. Langford. “More than 40 years later, we must send the message that all citizens deserve equal and fair treatment under the law.”