Back in April, Thabo Sefolosha suffered a season ending broken leg at the hands of some overzealous cops. The Atlanta Hawks player has been acquitted of all charges stemming from the incident, though.
Reports the New York Times:
A Manhattan jury found Mr. Sefolosha not guilty of misdemeanor charges of obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, all of them arising from a disturbance outside the 1 Oak nightclub on April 8 at 4:30 a.m. as the police were trying to disperse a crowd.
A stabbing had occurred earlier near the club’s door, and officers were clearing part of 17th Street near 10th Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood.
Mr. Sefolosha, who has accused the police of brutality and wrongful arrest, testified that he was trying to give some money to a panhandler when a police officer pushed him without warning. He said that he had been arguing with an officer before his arrest, and that the officer had screamed at him several times, cursing and telling him to move along.
The officers involved testified during the trial that Mr. Sefolosha ignored several orders to leave the area and that his slowness to obey interfered with their investigation into the stabbing. One officer, Richard Caster, said that Mr. Sefolosha had lunged at another officer, Daniel Dongvort, just before his arrest.
Seems like justice was served.
However, it’s a shame that it takes being a high profile athlete (see:) , instead of normal civilian, to get your fair day in court, or at least an apology.
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