Jury deliberating in Bolden trial

The fate of an Erie man charged with assaulting Erie Police Officers is now in the hands of a jury.  The jury is now deliberating in the Bolden trial.  They began deliberating just after four today.

With a long list of charges to consider, Montrice Bolden is on trial this week for allegedly assaulting Erie Police Officers after an incident behind TJ's Tavern in late June of last year.

Bolden also charged with reaching for the officer's gun, tugging on the gun to try and disarm the officer.  The attorneys giving closing arguments this afternoon.  The defense arguing Bolden is not guilty of assault but just resisting arrest if anything.

His attorneys from Philadelphia say, "he attempted to flee.  He was running.  He was resisting arrest at best."

The four officers on scene testifying over the last several days.  The defense saying the testimony is not credible.  Bolden facing drug charges also after cocaine was found on him.  That's what his attorneys are saying he was scared of when he tried to flee, but did not intentionally assault any officer.

The prosecution saying they're not here to defend the officers.  Attorney Paul Sellers saying in his closing arguments, "I'm not asking you to be comfortable with what happened at Bolden after the crimes he committed."

They also said there was so much time spent on the actions of the police officers throughout the trial to district the jury from what led to those actions.

A reminder that the officers are not on trial.  This is the commonwealth versus Montrice Bolden.

This incident did spark a federal investigation in to the officers involved.  No charges were filed against them.  Again, the jury deliberating currently.


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