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A police officer in Huntsville, Alabama broke down on the witness stand on Tuesday and admitted that he had lied to cover up violent behavior by one of his superior officers.
According to WAFF, Officer Joshua Bates testified in U.S. District Court that he lied about Officer Brett Russell’s vicious beating of a handcuffed suspect. He is the second witness to admit to covering up Russell’s actions during the Dec. 23, 2011 arrest of Gary Wayne Hopkins, who was taken into custody following a domestic disturbance.
Bates was the last witness called on Tuesday. He said under oath that he had lied at least three times to shield Russell from the consequences of his attack on Hopkins, which took place when Hopkins was handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser.