Two Huntsville police officers will return to the department Friday. Officers Phillip Lee and Brett Russell were suspended for using what city officials called excessive force. Both were fired in May for incidents that happened in 2011.Council members said Lee used excessive force during two separate incidents last year. They said he hit a handcuffed suspect with a closed fist during an arrest and yanked a woman out of a car and threw her to the ground during a traffic stop.Authorities said Russell repeatedly punched and kicked a suspect while he was down, after removing him from a patrol car.Chief Lewis Morris said both officers will have to get re-certified and take training courses like anger management.“A condition of their return to the workforce is that they attend some remedial training, which we have a schedule and a curriculum for that,” said Morris.
Prosecution by federal officials only after local officials let the officer off? Check.
Officer still collecting paychecks while on trial for federal civil rights violations? And . . . check.
The only thing missing here is the common racial element. In this case the officer is black, his victim is white. The other cops who lied for the black cop were also white. When it comes to covering up brutality, the blue code apparently transcends race. Progress!