But Whitlatchs attorney, Robert Christie, told jurors to keep an open mind until they hear the full story. Most Read Stories Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks. This case is about perspective, Christie said, insisting Whitlatch wasnt motivated by race but by an honest belief Wingate had acted in a menacing fashion. Whitlatch stopped Wingate while he was walking in Capitol Hill and, according to official accounts, claimed he swung the club in a threatening manner, striking a stop sign, while she was driving past in her patrol car. The two engaged in a heated verbal exchange, captured on patrol-car video , that was shown to the jury during opening statements. Wingate denied swinging the club but was arrested for investigation of unlawful use of a weapon and obstructing a police officer and held in jail for 30 hours. City prosecutors pursued only a weapon charge, and Wingate agreed to a continuance of his case, under which the misdemeanor charge would be dropped in two years if he met court conditions. Prosecutors later moved to dismiss the entire case after a former state representative raised questions about the arrest. A judge accepted the dismissal, and the Police Departments deputy chief, Carmen Best, ultimately apologized to Wingate for his arrest and returned his golf club . Whitlatchs racial views subsequently emerged as an issue when it was disclosed that, a month after the arrest, she posted a comment on her Facebook page in the aftermath of riots in Ferguson, Mo., over the fatal police shooting of an African-American man on Aug.
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