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Video: Attorney Questions Force In Alabama Nightclub Arrest

March 31, 2011  | 


A Birmingham, Ala., attorney presented a clip of surveillance video showing local officers using physical force on a man who is seen holding up his hands as the officers take him down and deliver blows.

Attorney Charles Salvagio presented the video to internal affairs detectives with the Birmingham Police Department. The incident occurred March 20.

The incident began when undercover officers working the burglary unit saw Travarious Daniel, 29, take keys from a vehicle they describe in the report as an "unmark car." Officers also wrote that they used "minimum force" to take Daniel into custody within sight of police headquarters, reports the Birmingham News.

In the video footage, officers can be seen taking Daniel to the ground, and delivering punches to him.

Read the full story at AL.com. Watch the video:

VIDEO: Alabama Nightclub Arrest Questioned

Tags: Use-of-Force Policies, Birmingham (Ala.) PD, Bars and Nightclubs, Internal Investigations


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maleman39 @ 4/2/2011 10:38 AM

Such treatment of a suspect is horrifying. Excessive and unnecessary force was obviously used on the man. The officers failed to treat the suspect as if they would want to be treated if they were in his shoes. Besides arresting the suspect, they also alienated the suspect against the police and everyone else who was present or saw the incident on this video. Those who struck the suspect are probably guilty of felonious assault. The others present who made no attempt to stop the assault or failed to report it to their superiors are probably guilty of accessory and/or violation of dept. policies and procedures. The officers who actually did the assault obviously cannot control their emotions and should be fired (according to dept. procedures). Such persons should not be police officers. The police cannot uphold the law if they are law-breakers. "A bad apple spoils the barrel. . ."

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