LIMA, Ohio An Ohio jury has acquitted a white police officer in the drug-raid shooting death of an unarmed black woman who was holding a child.
The shooting in January shook the city of Lima in northwest Ohio and touched off protests.
The all-white jury on Monday found Sgt. Joseph Chavalia (SHUH'-val-ay) not guilty on misdemeanor charges of negligent homicide and negligent assault.
He had faced up to eight months in jail if convicted of both counts.
Chavalia shot and killed Tarika Wilson and injured the year-old baby she was holding. Prosecutors say he carelessly fired before he knew who he was shooting or whether she had a gun.
His says Chavalia heard gunfire and thought his life was in danger.