Friday, April 1, 2011

Watch : Police Officers Beating Black Man,Caught On Tape

Police have placed two officers on paid administrative leave as part of an investigation into the apparent beating of a black man that was caught on tape.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell also called for more training on the appropriate use of force by police after the man's attorney released video of the incident to media this week.

A security video captured the March 20 run-in between police and 29-year-old Travarious Daniel.

According to a police report, undercover officers outside a nightclub chased Daniel after observing him take the keys of a parked car and remove a GPS, a Dell computer and a carton of cigarettes that he then put into his own car.

Daniel, who had worked at the nightclub as a security guard, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen goods and breaking and entering into a vehicle.

An additional felony charge of possession of a stolen firearm is expected, said police Sergeant Johnny Williams.But Daniel’s attorney and the Nation of Islam, of which Daniel is a member, are questioning how the arrest was made.

Birmingham police officials would not reveal the identities or race of the two officers put on leave. One of the men was already on medical leave, Williams said.The defense attorney said the officers involved are white.

In January, a jury cleared two Birmingham police officers of brutality charges. In that case, a total of five white officers were seen beating a black man in a video that surfaced in 2009.

All five officers were fired, but the two officers who were acquitted are now trying to get their jobs back. (Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Greg McCune)

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