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      Birmingham police officer found guilty of using excessive force

      {} {} A federal jury has convicted Birmingham police officer Corey Hooper in an excessive force case. {}Hooper beat{}a handcuffed defendant in 2007.

      {} {} The jury deliberated for less than two hours before finding Hooper guilty of depriving the civil rights of Martez Gulley. {}Hooper repeatedly struck the man while Gulley was handcuffed and secured in the backseat of a patrol car. {}It happened on September 6th, 2007.

      {} {} The jury found Hooper not guilty of a second charge of using excessive force when he fired a Taser at another handcuffed defendant in August, 2007.

      {} {} Hooper is scheduled for sentencing February 27th, 2013. {}He could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.Birmingham