Officer Brett Russell is now facing charges after beating a suspect who was handcuffed. The incident took place on December 23, 2011 after Russell responded to a call about domestic violence at the home of the suspect, Gary Wayne Hopkins.
The dashcam footage shows Officer Russell punching and kicking the suspect while ordering him to stop resisting, despite the fact that he was restrained.
Hopkins was so badly injured that the jail refused to take him until he was treated at a hospital. After the incident,Â the officers on the scene reported that Hopkins was combative and defended Russellâ€™s actions. A few days before testifying, Officer Bates, who was at the scene, contacted the U.S. Attorney prosecuting the case and agreed to tell the truth about what really happened that night in exchange for immunity.
In May of 2012, Russell was fired from the department, but he was reinstated three months later by a unanimous vote by the Huntsville City Council.
He is now facing federal charges of deprivation of a personâ€™s civil rights under the color of law, and obstruction of justice. If convicted on both counts, he faces up to 30 years in prison.