Trial over motorist strip search begins for Illinois trooper
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -
The trial of a white state trooper accused of an improper strip search of a black Illinois motorist has begun.
Corey Alberson is accused of making "physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature" by pulling down Anthony Campbell's pants during an East St. Louis traffic stop in April 2014. Campbell wasn't charged with any traffic violations.
Alberson is suspended without pay and has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated battery.
His trial started Thursday afternoon in Belleville. St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly has said that an August trial date was postponed to avoid inflaming public tensions surrounding the one-year anniversary of the fatal Ferguson police shooting.
The criminal complaint against Alberson doesn't cite race as a factor.
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