NEW YORK (AP) — A man has been acquitted of resisting arrest in an encounter with police five days after he spoke out about seeing a black doll’s head propped on a New York City squad car’s antenna.

Clarence Jones said he had no hard feelings after a jury cleared him Friday in the July 2008 case. Prosecutors declined to comment.

Authorities had said Jones drove away as police wrote him a parking ticket and then flailed his arms as officers tried to arrest him. Jones denied the charges and said officers chipped one of his teeth.

He was arrested amid tension over the doll head sighting on two white officers’ car in historically black Harlem. A state senator has called Jones’ arrest retaliation.

Police said the officers hadn’t known the doll head was there.

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