Sanders testified that Hunt assaulted him during a drug arrest at Hamilton Park Shopping Center two years ago, and that if Hunt hadn't reached for his pocket while running away, the five-year veteran wouldn't have shot him twice in the back.
The jury began deliberating Friday afternoon and returned the not-guilty verdict a little more than three hours later.
At the time of the shooting, Hunt was on probation for assaulting and eluding a police officer. He faced two years in prison if arrested again.
Belsky [Sanders' laywer] emphasized that the case was all about whether his client acted reasonably.
"This is a good man who did nothing wrong," Belsky said after the verdict. "The state's attorney's office should spend its time trying to foster good relations with the Police Department instead of prosecuting good police officers. That's how we'll solve the crime problem in Baltimore."
June 13, 2010
Baltimore Officer Not-Guilty in 2008 Shooting
So finds a Baltimore City Jury. The story by Erica Green in the Sun.