Birmingham cop convicted of beating man in '07


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a Birmingham police officer could face as long as 10 years in prison after being convicted of beating a handcuffed prisoner five years ago.

A jury convicted 34-year-old Corey L. Hooper of depriving the civil rights of Martez Gulley during the beating in 2007.

He was acquitted on a second charge of using excessive force by firing a stun gun at another man.

While Hooper remains a police officer, he's been on unpaid leave since his indictment earlier this year. He's been with the department for 11 years.

A judge scheduled a sentencing hearing for Feb. 27.

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