- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jurors in the criminal trial of a black man left paralyzed when he was shot by a white Pittsburgh police officer are getting a long weekend.

Allegheny County Judge Donald Machen suspended jury deliberations on Thursday until Monday so jurors could keep weekend commitments. The judge says he had not expected the trial of Leon Ford to last so long.

The 21-year-old Ford is charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest during a November 2012 traffic stop.

Police said Ford was shot during a struggle with officers when he tried to drive away. Ford’s lawyers say the police mistook him for a wanted gang member.



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