CHICAGO --Jury selection has started in a federal lawsuit brought by a man who was shot by 11 times by Chicago police officers.
Bassil Abdelal says officer opened fire in 2012 after he picked up a gun for protection moments after he was the victim of an armed robbery at his beauty supply business. The trial started Monday in federal court. Abdelal alleged the officers were unjustified. But the three officers contend that they acted properly. They say they fired after Abdelal pointed a gun at them.
The trial has been delayed several times. That's because the city has argued that the furor over the release of a video showing a white officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald to death would make it impossible to seat an unbiased bury.