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Birmingham police officer found guilty of using excessive force

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    A federal jury has convicted Birmingham police officer Corey Hooper in an excessive force case.  Hooper beat a handcuffed defendant in 2007.

    The jury deliberated for less than two hours before finding Hooper guilty of depriving the civil rights of Martez Gulley.  Hooper repeatedly struck the man while Gulley was handcuffed and secured in the backseat of a patrol car.  It happened on September 6th, 2007.

    The jury found Hooper not guilty of a second charge of using excessive force when he fired a Taser at another handcuffed defendant in August, 2007.

    Hooper is scheduled for sentencing February 27th, 2013.  He could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.Birmingham

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