Thabo Sefolosha clearly believed in his innocence.
The Hawks wing rejected a plea deal of only day of community service and six months probation. That probably would have been easier than a trial.
But Sefolosha opted to fight the charges – misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Today, he was vindicated.
Sefolosha, who missed the playoffs due to a leg injury that seemingly occurred during his arrest, has made his case clear: New York police targeted him because he’s black. Given everything else we know about policing habits, that’s certainly believable.
We’ve also seen video of multiple officers literally pulling Sefolosha in different directions and one striking him in the leg with a nightstick. We don’t know what preceded that video, but especially given the information revealed at trial, it’s difficult to justify that use of force.
This verdict probably sets up Sefolosha’ to sue the NYPD.