‘Thabo Sefolosha’ Found Not Guilty Of Resisting Arrest
Atlanta Hawks guard, “Thabo Sefolosha”, who had his leg broken during a scuffle with NYPD officers in April, has been found not guilty by the Manhattan Criminal Court for three charges brought against him by the NYPD, including resisting arrest, stemming from the nightclub incident.
The Swiss national was also charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of governmental administration.
On Friday morning, the jury took just 45 minutes to deliberate and find Sefolosha not guilty.
During the trial, which lasted a total of four days, Sefolosha testified that was trying to give a beggar a $20 bill when he was grabbed by officers and taken to the ground. “They arrested him,” Sefolosha’s attorney, Alex Spiro, said in his closing argument. “They broke his leg out of eyeshot or earshot of an unrelated crime scene.”
The jury deliberated for a total of one hour before returning its verdict.
After undergoing surgery last April, Sefolosha said he hopes to be back on the court by October 28 when his Hawks host the Detroit Pistons to kick off the 2015-16 NBA season.
According to New York Times, Sefolosha is undecided if he will sue the city for the injured inflicted.
Executive director of the NBA Players Association, Michele Roberts, welcomed the decision via twitter, calling Sefolosha “a free man.”
Spiro, Sefolosha’s attorney, reckoned that Sefolosha was targeted because of his race. He pointed to a surveillance video showing the white officer passing Mario Antic, who also is white, and others as he demanded Sefolosha to move up the block.