A jury rejected a Buffalo man's demand for up to $200,000 from the city for what he claimed was his malicious pursuit by police officers seven years ago, court officials said Thursday.
After about 90 minutes of deliberations at the close of a four-day trial before State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek, the racially mixed jury of three women and three men found "no cause" for Rogers Hicks' complaint.
The jury found that Buffalo Police Officers Sam Marie and John Alessandra had probable cause to stop Hicks' car in the 200 block of Pershing Avenue and give him three tickets on April 7, 1993.
An African-American, Hicks, 41, began legal action against the city, accusing the two white officers of racially targeting him and using racist language shortly after the three tickets for lacking a registration sticker, bad brakes and balding tires were dismissed months later.
Marie and Alessandra both testified during the brief trial that it was the lack of a registration sticker hat prompted them to stop him and issue the traffic tickets after also finding bad brakes and tires.