- Beaten detective: "I hesitated because I didn't want to be in the media"
- Police chief says online comments on the incident reflect "lack of ... morality and humanity"
- Sergeant: "We have officers walking on eggshells because of how they're scrutinized in the media"
- "Pistol whipped his ass to sleep," one social media user wrote, outraging detective's colleagues
(CNN)A Birmingham, Alabama, police detective who was pistol-whipped unconscious said Friday that he hesitated to use force because he didn't want to be accused of needlessly killing an unarmed man.