Former policemen found innocent, want jobs back

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Jonathan Hardison

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Should the 5 fired Birmingham police officers involved in the alleged beating of a suspect get their jobs back?

The officers are asking the Jefferson County personnel board for a hearing to be reinstated, and we want to know what you think.

We asked the people these officers would be sworn to protect if they think the men deserve to wear the badge again.

"I don't know about that, I don't know about them getting their jobs back so soon," said Ebony Promartie. "I think they need a little bit more time for the decision, and it needs to be investigated a little more, because that's gonna create a lot of havoc in the city."

"No I don't think so, because it's really obviously clear he's pretty much unconscious," said a man named Kioko. "I can see them being cautious or whatever, but there's too much evidence to show, and I can't really see how they got off. So I would say no, no, no, no."

"It makes you leery of almost all police officers, honestly," said Gerrie Jones. "You don't know. So it's best to be on your P's and Q's."

Jones admits the video could create a stereotype, but she's conflicted about whether 5 careers should be permanently ended by this.

"If it's proven that they were not guilty, I can see a reprimand. It's hard to say about the job because you can lose your job for any reason in the state of Alabama."

"If they really, truly want their jobs back, I think they should go to some type of counseling for mental anguish or whatever the case may be on that," Rubin Tartt. "I think they should at least get a 2nd chance to get their jobs back, but if they get their jobs back and start doing the same thing again, they don't need another chance."

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