Birmingham policeman arrested for macing fellow officer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham Police officer Shawn Deane was arrested and charged with use of noxious substance on Wednesday, June 15.

The incident allegedly occurred in July of last year, when Deane allegedly maced another officer. At this time, the department is unsure if the macing was intentional or the result of horseplay, but the behavior violated department policy, and disciplinary action was taken.

The officer is exercising his right to sign a warrant, according to a release from the police, and had up to one year from the date of the alleged attack to do so.

Deane, an eight-year veteran of the force, has been taken out of service until the issue is resolved through the municipal court system.

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