Suspended Huntsville officers return to work - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Suspended Huntsville officers return to work

Brett Russell (Source: Facebook) Brett Russell (Source: Facebook)
Phillip J. Lee (Source: Facebook) Phillip J. Lee (Source: Facebook)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Two Huntsville police officers will return to the department Friday. Officers Phillip Lee and Brett Russell were suspended for using what city officials called excessive force. Both were fired in May for incidents that happened in 2011.

Council members said Lee used excessive force during two separate incidents last year. They said he hit a handcuffed suspect with a closed fist during an arrest and yanked a woman out of a car and threw her to the ground during a traffic stop.

Authorities said Russell repeatedly punched and kicked a suspect while he was down, after removing him from a patrol car.

Chief Lewis Morris said both officers will have to get re-certified and take training courses like anger management.

"A condition of their return to the workforce is that they attend some remedial training, which we have a schedule and a curriculum for that," said Morris.

Former Madison County deputy Dr. Tim Jones works with a number of police academies across North Alabama. He teaches criminal justice and ethics part time at Athens State University. He said officers are taught what they should do and what to avoid.

"Police officers are trained to meet that standard. For example, they're not to use unnecessary force or violence, use only that minimal amount of force necessary to the law, those kinds of things," Jones said.

After 35 years on the job, he said it's difficult and not for everyone. He said you have to think before reacting.

"What you have to always keep in mind is that everyone you're dealing with has certain constitutional rights, which are limitations on the officers' behavior. And what the officer has to remember is that he can't always go around violating people's constitutional rights," said Jones.

Chief Morris will meet with both officers Friday morning.

Copyright 2012 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Related Stories

Updated:

HPD release names of two fired officers Terminated officers appealed for reinstatement Thursday Fired HPD officers to appeal before judge Huntsville City Council votes to reinstate second fired off More>>

  • NewsMore>>

  • Amber Alert canceled for Pickens County boy

    Amber Alert canceled for Pickens County boy

    Saturday, March 25 2017 6:31 PM EDT2017-03-25 22:31:56 GMT

    Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has CANCELLED the Amber Alert for 11-month-old Christian Clay Perkins. 

    More >>

    Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has CANCELLED the Amber Alert for 11-month-old Christian Clay Perkins. 

    More >>
  • David: Showers and storms ongoing across the Valley

    David: Showers and storms ongoing across the Valley

    Saturday, March 25 2017 5:50 PM EDT2017-03-25 21:50:37 GMT

    Showers and storms will be ongoing across the Valley this evening. The most widespread rain will be over northeastern AL, but additional scattered storms will track into the Shoals from the west. That round of stormy weather will head east with time and should be out of the Valley after midnight. The threat for severe storms is low, but a few strong storms are possible. 

    More >>

    Showers and storms will be ongoing across the Valley this evening. The most widespread rain will be over northeastern AL, but additional scattered storms will track into the Shoals from the west. That round of stormy weather will head east with time and should be out of the Valley after midnight. The threat for severe storms is low, but a few strong storms are possible. 

    More >>
  • New details released in Guntersville double shooting

    New details released in Guntersville double shooting

    Saturday, March 25 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-03-25 18:07:30 GMT
    Guntersville police say two people were shot at this mobile home area on Edmonds Road. (Source: WAFF)Guntersville police say two people were shot at this mobile home area on Edmonds Road. (Source: WAFF)

    The Guntersville Police Department have released news details on a double shooting late Friday afternoon that left one man dead.

    The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m., when police from multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a 911 call reporting two people had been shot on Edmonds Road.

    More >>

    The Guntersville Police Department have released news details on a double shooting late Friday afternoon that left one man dead.

    The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m., when police from multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a 911 call reporting two people had been shot on Edmonds Road.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly