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Correction: Former Officer-Prison Sentence story

July 19, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a story July 18 about the sending of a former police officer, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the man’s name was Brandan Smirnoff. The correct full name and spelling is Michael Brandon Smirnoff.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Former Alabama officer gets prison for assault

A former Alabama police officer is going to prison for assaulting a handcuffed prisoner

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer is going to prison for assaulting a handcuffed prisoner.

Federal prosecutors in Montgomery say a judge sentenced former Tallassee police investigator Michael Brandon Smirnoff to nearly two years in prison.

Smirnoff pleaded guilty earlier this year to violating the rights of a 24-year-old man he was arresting in 2016.

Prosecutors say a man, identified only by the initials J.M., led officers on a chase on a four-wheeler before stopping and lying down on the ground. They say Smirnoff then picked up J.M. and slammed him to the ground while the man was handcuff. A statement says Smirnoff also slammed the man’s head into the side of a police car.

Authorities say the prisoner didn’t pose a threat to police during the assault.

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