Jury Acquits Leon Ford Jr. of Aggravated Assault, Charges Remain

Jury Acquits Leon Ford Jr. of Aggravated Assault, Charges Remain

An Allegheny County jury found Leon Ford Jr. not guilty of two counts of aggravated assault against police officers who shot and left him paralyzed in November 2012.

Published September 23, 2014

An Allegheny County jury found Leon Ford Jr. not guilty of two counts of aggravated assault against police officers who shot and left him paralyzed in November 2012, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Ford still faces charges of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and escape, as the jury did not reach a decision on them. The Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala has until Sept. 26 to tell a common pleas judge whether Ford will be retried for those charges, according to the TribLive.com.

The night Ford was shot, he was stopped by police after they said he ran two stop signs. They suspected he was another man named "L. Ford." A dash cam video shows police attempting to pull Ford from the vehicle.

After unsuccessfully doing so, Ford drove away out of fear. Police claim they thought a bulge in Ford’s sweatpants was a gun. But investigators never found a weapon on him. Authorities also said that Ford endangered their lives when he stepped on the gas.

Ford filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the officers involved in September 2013. Whether Ford has a chance at winning the lawsuit will depend on whether the district attorney chooses to uphold charges against Ford. 


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(Photo: Leon Ford via Instagram)

Written by Natelege Whaley

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