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BREAKING: Judge Rules Mistrial In Shooting Of Walter Scott

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

A judge declared a mistrial in the shooting of Walter Scott after the jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision Monday afternoon.

The jury was deadlocked in deciding if South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was guilty of murdering Scott, reports NBC News.

“We as the jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to a unanimous decision,” the jury wrote in a note read aloud by South Carolina Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman.

“The court therefore must declare a mistrial in this case and I so declare that is case is mistried,” Judge Newman said.

Slager shot Scott in the back multiple times during a traffic stop a year ago. Video footage revealed Slager shooting five rounds into Scott’s back as Scott tried to run away.

The North Charleston Police Department later fired Slager over his shooting of Scott.

After declaring a mistrial, Newman thanked the jurors for their “hard work in trying to reach a unanimous verdict in this case.”

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