Alabama Cop: I Lied to Protect Fellow Officer Who Brutally Beat a Handcuffed Man (Video)
An Alabama police officer broke down on the witness stand Tuesday as he admitted lying about a violent incident to protect one of his superiors.
Testifying in U.S. District Court, Officer Joshua Bates admitted he lied about Officer Brett Russell’s brutal beating of a handcuffed man.
Bates is the second witness who testified they covered Russell’s assault after the 2011 arrest of Gary Wayne Hopkins, who was taken into custody following a domestic disturbance.
Bates testified that he lied three times to protect Russell after he assaulted Hopkins in the back of a police cruiser as the suspect was handcuffed.
Bates admitted lying to internal affairs, the FBI, and a federal grand jury.
Russell was initially fired in 2012 for excessive use of force but was later reinstated by the Huntsville City Council.
Russell still works for the department but is currently on administrative leave as he faces federal charges of deprivation of civil rights and obstruction of justice.
He faces up to 30 years behind bars if convicted.