A Birmingham policeman was charged with assault, after authorities say he attacked a female prisoner. Investigators say Officer Stephon Green, 25, was transporting the woman from the Birmingham jail to a hospital, when she threw a flip-flop at him. Green, a 3-year force veteran, responded by hitting her in the face and chest, while the woman was handcuffed to a gurney, police said. Police brass were quick to distance the department from the allegations. "It is not my belief that this is the actions of the average police officer on this department," police chief Patrick Smith said.
Smith posted this photo of the woman's eye injury on social media:
Green's attorney, Scott Morro, defended the officer's actions, saying the woman was verbally threatening Green and kicking him. Green, assigned to the South Precinct, is on leave without pay, pending the outcome of a hearing. He was ordered held on $15,000 bond.