Court: Removing blacks from jury pool not discrimination

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A divided state appellate court says a prosecutor didn't discriminate when she struck the only two black people from a jury pool in a case involving a black defendant.

A jury in Kenosha County convicted Malcolm Sanders on heroin charges in 2017. Before the trial began the prosecutor struck the only two black people in the jury pool after they said they'd had bad experiences with the police. Court documents don't identify the prosecutor.

Sanders argued the move violated the equal protection clauses of both the U.S. and Wisconsin constitutions.

The 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Wednesday that the prosecutors' move was race-neutral, saying bias against police is a legitimate reason to strike a potential juror.

Sanders' attorney didn't immediately return a voicemail.