Trial Begins for AL Police Officer Charged with Killing Unarmed Black Man
According to the Associated Press, Montgomery officer Aaron Cody Smith is charged in the 2016 shooting death of 58-year-old Gregory Gunn, who was shot while walking in a neighborhood. It is said that Smith asked Gunn to submit to a frisk and that Gunn fled. Smith is said to have used a stun gun and baton before pulling his gun becasue he thought Gunn was obtaining a painter's pole to use as a weapon. With this, Smith says he shot Gunn in self-defense.
Self defense... A painter's pole vs. a stun gun, baton, and a gun. He should have just claimed insanity and said in a lapse in judgment, he was afraid the suspect was going to get away. It sounds just as dumb but a little more believable.
Never the less, potential jurors reported to Ozark today. The trial was moved to Ozark because it was said that Smith couldn't get a fair trial in Montgomery. Why not? Is it because the White population in Ozark is 62% as opposed to Montgomery's 34%, and only 17% of the population has a Bachelor's degree or higher, compared to Montgomery's 32%? Source.
Of course, no one was supposed to check the facts, right? Is this really about getting a fair trial, or is it a matter of choosing a location where Smith is most likely to get off?
Yep, eyes will be on this trial. Stay woke.