Police shooting of driver found justified; lawyer disagrees

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – A prosecutor says a police officer was justified in shooting an alleged drunken driver during a chase February in Lancaster.

But the driver’s lawyer is disputing the police version of what happened.

District Attorney Craig Stedman said in a report Friday that 38-year-old Kenneth White’s car struck four other vehicles during the chase and that White’s blood-alcohol level was more than five times the legal limit.

He says Lancaster city police were approaching White’s stopped car when he accelerated in reverse and an officer shot him in the thigh to protect another officer.

But White’s lawyer says there was no justification for the chase and the car was incapable of backing up when his client was shot.

Attorney William Hobson says he believes police singled out his client because he’s black. The officers were white.

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