ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - While the National Action Network's Central Florida chapter was holding a news conference downstairs, up on the top floor of the Orange County Courthouse, Judge Julie O'Kane, state prosecutors and Noel Carter's defense team worked on picking a jury.
Viewers may remember seeing video captured on a witness’s cell phone of 31-year-old Noel Carter getting kicked repeatedly by two Orlando Police officers. The officers have been exonerated of any wrong doing by a citizens review board.
Carter is now on trial for 2 felony charges (resisting an officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer) along with 2 misdemeanors. Carter, a banker from South Florida, was in town going to an event at Club 578 with an ex-girlfriend when the two got into an argument. Orlando police say Carter grabbed the woman's arm when she tried to walk away.
Police say they ordered Carter to not touch her or follow her, but Carter didn't listen. Police say he scuffled with officers, then ran away. “The point is who said he didn't comply to the officers? It’s their word against versus the video. He ran. I don't think I would stand and get a beating,” said NAN activist Lawanna Gelzer.
Carter tells one story of what happened, police tell another. Now it will be up to a jury to listen to testimony from both sides interlaced with bits and pieces of witness video and surveillance cameras to see if Noel Carter is guilty of the crimes he's accused of.