PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The fate ofin , is in the hands of a jury.
Video of the incident went viral in 2020. Nicoletti says he was just following orders.
On Thursday morning, the jury heard closing arguments in Nicoletti's trial, and there was palpable tension in the courtroom.
It was filled to the max with supporters from both sides, including many people in law enforcement who were there in support of Nicoletti.
The jury deliberated for four hours Thursday afternoon. Deliberations will resume Friday morning.
Here's a look back at the video that sparked outrage around the country and beyond from June 1, 2020.
That's when then 35-year-old Nicoletti was seen on the Vine Street Expressway deploying pepper spray in the faces of kneeling people demonstrating after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
and a march through the city. Then, some of the crowd went onto I-676 during the evening rush hour.
Thursday, a jury heard closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys who argued whether or not Nicoletti's actions that were captured on camera were criminal.
"They have not presented to you anyone who said Richard Nicoletti did anything but his job," Nicoletti's defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. said. "He's not a criminal."
Assistant District Attorney Brian Collins had the final word and told the jury:
"We're talking about that one moment, if that use of force is immediately necessary in that moment...You know it absolutely was not."
Niccoletti faces simple assault and reckless endangerment charges.
The city ofwith the protestors involved in the incident.
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