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Indicted Huntsville officer on administrative leave with pay

Huntsville police said Friday that an officer indicted on federal charges of using excessive force is on leave until his case is over.
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Huntsville police said Friday that an officer indicted on federal charges of using excessive force is on leave until his case is over.

Brett Russell is on administrative leave with pay, police said.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Russell, 48, had been indicted on charges of deprivation of civil rights under color of law, and obstruction of justice.

The charges stem from a 2011 incident where Russell is accused of punching and kneeing an unnamed victim during an arrest. The indictment states Russell left those details out of the report and falsely stated the victim struggled with officers during his arrest.

The city of Huntsville said Russell was fired but then reinstated after an appeal.

“The history of the case is public and the City took the action it deemed appropriate in 2012 when it terminated Officer Brett Russell,” said a statement from Mayor Tommy Battle’s office. “Upon appeal to the City Council, the officer was reinstated provided he undergo retraining, which he has done. The City is not in the position to speak for the Justice Department regarding its investigation and indictment, however, we will continue to cooperate with attorneys as appropriate in this matter.”