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Ex-Ashland City Councilman Trial Begins

Eric NavickasMEDFORD, Ore. — A jury will decide if an officer used excessive force and violated the rights of a former Ashland city councilman.

In 2011, Eric Navickas was protesting with a group about the expansion of the Mount Ashland ski area without a permit. Navickas resisted an arrest where police say he exaggerated the force and slammed into the police car.

On Tuesday, the state and defense selected a jury for the trial. The attorneys made sure the jury had not seen or were aware of any media coverage of the arrest.

The jury heard from the first round of witnesses by several Ashland police officers. The trial is expected to last about a week.