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Ala. Man Settles for $460,000 in Police-Brutality Lawsuit but Gets Only $1,000

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The city of Birmingham has settled a police beating lawsuit for $460,000, but the plaintiff remains behind bars and won’t get much of a payday.

Under terms of the settlement approved by the City Council and Mayor William Bell, Anthony Warren will receive $1,000, while his attorneys receive $359,000 in fees and $100,000 in expenses, AL.com learned this evening.

The city and Warren’s representatives reached an agreement in late September, but details of the settlement weren’t approved until Tuesday.

In his lawsuit, Warren claimed five Birmingham police officers used excessive force when they hit and kicked him at the end of a high speed chase in 2008. A video of the chase and its aftermath was widely publicized and garnered national attention.

The 20 to 25-minute car multi-city chase began when Warren attempted to flee from a narcotics officer. He then hit a school bus, a patrol car, and struck a Hoover police officer who attempted to lay tire puncture strips across U.S. 31.

Warren was finally arrested when his vehicle flipped over. The police dashboard camera video shows officers striking Warren for less than 10 seconds as he lay on the ground.

Although Warren’s attorneys claimed he was unconscious, they did not prove at the trial that the officers knew his condition or if he was unconscious.

 

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