Attorney: Fired Ala. officers followed training

May 21, 2009 12:24:58 PM PDT
An attorney for five Alabama police officers says they were following their training when they were caught on videotape beating an unconscious suspect. Attorney Gayle Gear said Thursday the Birmingham officers did not know the suspect, Anthony Warren, had been ejected from his car and was unconscious at the end of a police chase.

The officers have been fired but Gear says they're appealing.

Attorney Wendy Crew says she expects to file a lawsuit on Warren's behalf this week. Crew says the suit will seek monetary damages and changes in the way the city trains police officers.

The incident happened more than a year ago but the tape only surfaced recently when a prosecutor preparing for Warren's trial asked for the original. Her copy did not include the beating.

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