Tuesday U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Maley announced that a federal grand jury indicted a Birmingham Police officer for two separate incidents of using excessive force.
According to the indictment, the incidents both happened in 2007 while Corey L. Hooper was a Birmingham Police Officer. Hooper is still employed with the Birmingham Police Department.
After learning of the initial investigation, the officer was assigned to administrative duties. Additional action is pending internal review according to the Birmingham Police Department.
Chief A.C. Roper states, "We were notified at the onset of their investigation and we fully supported their efforts in conducting their investigation. One thing is for sure, this indictment does not reflect upon the hundreds of officers working hard every day to make Birmingham a safer city."
"Most law enforcement officers respect the laws they are sworn to enforce and they perform their duties honorably every day," Vance said. "We will prosecute those few who abuse their law enforcement powers and violate the civil rights of others who are in their custody," she said. "The public must be able to trust those who enforce the law."
The indictment charges Hooper with using excessive force on Aug. 4, 2007, and again on Sept. 6, 2007.
If convicted, Hooper could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.
The FBI investigated the case, which is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Patton Meadows.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government's burden to prove a defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
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