The same jury did find...
Don Samuels was acting in his capacity as a public official ("under color of law") but for purposes of the verdict it did not matter, since Don Samuels DID NOT assault Al Flowers by backing up to Flowers and stepping on Flowers' toes in violation of Al Flowers First Amendment rights. (Flowers states his big toes both lack toenails, ewww)
Testimony by Ben Myers and his law partner, Dokor Dejvongsa, that Council Member Don Samuels had deliberately stepped on the feet of Al Flowers was apparently found NOT CREDITABLE by the jury, surprise surprise. The trial relied heavily on two video tapes which captured the incident, albeit from imperfect angles, as well as four 911 calls made after Flowers twice shoved Don Samuels from behind. On one of the calls, Flowers could be clearly heard heard in the background raving like a madman as Jordan resident Vladimir Monroe summoned police.
Al Flowers and his attorney, Jill Clark, were not present at the reading of the verdict. City Attorney James A. Moore was present.
Many, many more details to follow in future blog posts.