Birmingham Police Officers Acquitted by Jury

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal jury has acquitted two former police officers of charges that they violated the civil rights of a man whose roadside beating was captured on videotape after a lengthy chase.

Jurors on Tuesday acquitted David Doran, 37, and Barrett Dewitt, 40, in the videotaped beating of Anthony Warren, who was captured after a police chase through Birmingham and its outskirts on Jan. 23, 2008.

Emory Anthony, one of DeWitt's lawyers, said the officers want their jobs back. The two were among five officers fired when the video came to light.

Video of the 22-minute chase, captured by police car cameras, showed Warren striking one police officer with his van and nearly
running over others during a chase that ended when Warren was
ejected and his van flipped.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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