Police Beating Victim Wins $1,000 Settlement…His Lawyers Get $459,000
An Alabama man assaulted by police during an arrest six years ago has won a $460,000 settlement. But Anthony Warren will only receive $1,000 of the award. His attorneys will take home the remaining $459,000, plus $100,000 in expenses.
The terms of the settlement were negotiated by Warren’s lawyers and approved by Birmingham mayor William Bell and the city council.
Warren was arrested in 2008 following a high-speed car chase in which he struck a school bus, a police car, and a police officer.
After Warren flipped his car, five Birmingham police officers descended on him, repeatedly hitting and kicking him. The arrest was captured on video taken by a police car dashboard camera and later shown on national news.
Warren sued for assault and battery. Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper conceded that his officers used excessive force. The officers were fired but later reinstated.
Warren is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for attempted murder, which stemmed from hitting the officer with his vehicle.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, Danny Biederman
To Learn More:
Birmingham Pays $460,000 to End Police Beating Lawsuit, But Only $1,000 Goes to Plaintiff (by Joseph Bryant, AL.com)
Birmingham Police Excessive Force Civil Trial Ends in Settlement (by Kent Faulk, AL.com)
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