PITTSBURGH (AP) – Attorneys told a federal jury that a trial into whether a white Pittsburgh police officer violated the rights of a black man by shooting and paralyzing him as he sped away from a traffic stop is one of perspective.READ MORE: West Virginia Woman Admits She Was Paid For Trafficking Teen
Attorney Joseph Santarone Jr. told the jury they must, “Look at it from the officers’ standpoint,” in his opening statement Wednesday on behalf of Officers David Derbish and Andrew Miller. Miller’s accused of assault and battery for trying to drag Ford from the car.
On Tuesday, Monte Rabner – an attorney for 24-year-old Leon Ford – likened the ill-fated, 12-minute traffic stop in November 2012 to an episode of “Keystone Cops.”READ MORE: Friends, Family Hold Funeral Service For 15-Year-Old Steven Eason And Call For Justice
Ford’s attorneys sued claiming police escalated the situation by mistaking Ford for a wanted gang member with a similar name and appearance.
Santarone contends Derbish shot Ford only because Derbish “feared for his life” when Ford tried to drive away with Derbish partially in the car.MORE NEWS: 3 People Shot Near Lower Burrell’s Kinloch Volunteer Fire Department In Westmoreland County
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