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Lawyer: Cop targeted Sefolosha over race

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NEW YORK (AP) A white police officer singled out a black professional basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player's arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday.

"I don't know what he saw," attorney Alex Spiro said of the officer, JohnPaul Giacona, who first told the Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha to clear the area early on April 8. "I think he saw a black man in a hoodie."

Sefolosha, 30, has been charged with misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He pleaded not guilty and refused a plea deal.


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