B’ham police officer accused of punching inmate terminated

B'ham officer terminated for assault

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Birmingham Police Officer Stephon Green was fired by Police Chief Patrick Smith Wednesday afternoon. Green has been accused of second degree assault for striking a female inmate who was handcuffed to a gurney at UAB Hospital.

Green has an administrative hearing Tuesday. His attorney Scott Morro called the use of physical force appropriate.

“He is an assertive police officer who has taken action against criminals. Everything I know about him is it’s either retaining, something of that nature. It’s not intentional wrongdoing,” Morro said.

Morro fully expected Green to be terminated by Chief Smith and he plans to appeal to the Jefferson County Personnel Board. The attorney said his client tried to control the female inmate.

“There is a million things an officer can do when he is faced with a situation and it’s really difficult to second guess. The Supreme Court doesn’t allow too many second guessing,” Morro said.

Birmingham City Councilman Hunter Williams is disappointed another city policeman is accused of criminal action. But, he praises Chief Smith for being transparent and open about allegations against an officer quickly.

“I think the job Chief Smith is doing in making sure our officers are held to the highest standard has been absolutely excellent,” Williams said.

Williams said that is key to building trust in the community.

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