SCLC to comment on reinstatement of police officers

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Thursday, the Jefferson County Chapter to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will comment on the five former Birmingham police officers attempting to return to their jobs.

A Jefferson County Personnel Board hearing officer recommended officers David Doran, Barrett Dewitt, Kenneth Prevo, Thomas Cleveland and Heath Boackle be reinstated to the Birmingham police force. It will be up to the city to decide whether or not to accept the recommendation.

The officers were fired on May 19, 2009 after video of a police chase came to light. Doran and Dewitt were found not guilty in January of using excessive force against Anthony Warren during the January 2008 chase.

The SCLC will comment on the officers and the Birmingham jail inmate found dead hanging at the jail. SCLC chapter president Calvin Woods said the group will ask for a federal investigation into the hanging and may call for the creation of a police review board.

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