Ohio Police Officer Found Guilty In Shooting Of Unarmed Cyclistby Doug Mataconis
Yesterday, an Ohio jury found a local police officer guilty in the shooting of an unarmed motorcyclist:
TOLEDO, OHIO — A Lucas County jury has found an Ottawa Hills police officer guilty of felonious assault in the May 2009 shooting of a motorcyclist.
After over five hours of deliberations, a jury found that part-time Ottawa Hills officer Thomas Caine White, 27, used excessive force in shooting motorcyclist Michael McCloskey, 25, during a traffic stop on May 23, 2009. White was found guilty of count of felonious assault with a gun specification, charges that could lead to 11 years in prison when he is sentenced.
McCloskey suffered serious injuries as a result of the shooting. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.
Attorneys for each side made closing arguments Friday afternoon.
The prosecution emphasized that this trial was not about all police officers or a specific police department but about the actions of Officer White that night.
Assistant Lucas County Prosecutor Jeff Lingo told the court that slides of the police dash cam video show McCloskey made no movement as if he had a weapon and the he gave no indication of being a threat to White. “He says, ‘Will you please lift the bike off me?’ This is after he’s been shot. He’s still being police to the officer who just shot him in the back. That’s the Mike McCloskey that he faced that night,” said Lingo
Here’s a video from White’s dashboard camera (no sound) which clearly shows the pursuit and shooting of McCloskey, and the fact that McCloskey made no threatening moves at all:
As noted above, Officer White faces up to eleven years in prison for this conviction.