Former police officer's sentence vacated by U.S. Court of Appeals

The probationary sentence for a former Birmingham police officer was vacated Thursday by the U. S. Court of Appeals. Corey L. Hooper was found guilty in 2012 of using excessive force on a handcuffed detainee in 2007. According to the court, Hooper hit his detainee multiple times while seated in the officer's patrol car.Judge Inge P. Johnson sentenced Hooper to 60 months on probation, which the U. S. District Attorney's Office appealed and deemed unreasonable for not satisfying the need for general deterrence of excessive force by police. Thursday, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit agreed with the prosecutors.Prosecutors recommended more than 7 years in prison for Hooper. Federal sentencing guidelines recommend a sentence of 70 to 87 months.Hooper's resentencing date has not been set.