BreakingBrown previously reported the case of Anthony Warren, who was beaten by the Birmingham police after a car crash had already rendered him unconscious. The city of Birmingham settled the lawsuit for $460,000, but $459,000 will go to Warren’s attorneys for expenses and fees while only $1,000 will be paid to Warren, AL.com reports.
A video of Warren being kicked and punched while unconscious after leading police on a high speed chase in 2008 made national headlines. Warren was attempting to escape narcotics officers when he led police on the chase and eventually ran into a bus and a squad car in an effort to escape capture.
Video of the incident showed officers beating Warren as he lay on the ground motionless after his vehicle flipped over. Chief A. C. Roper of the Birmingham Police Department called the actions of the officers “shameful”and five officers were relieved of duty after the video was made public.
Officers claimed that Warren put dozens of lives in danger during the chase.
“During the chase Mr. Warren endangered the lives of numerous innocent civilians and police officers,” Birmingham officials said in a written statement obtained by Al.com. “The chase ended shortly after Mr. Warren struck a Hoover police officer with his vehicle on Highway 31. Although deadly force was warranted at various points during the chase, the officers testified that their goal was to preserve Mr. Warren’s life and the lives of innocent bystanders.”
Warren is currently in prison serving time on an attempted murder conviction.