Article of the day: mistrial declared in shooting death of Walter Scott

The photo shows Walter Scott, a middle aged black man, in a graduation cap and robe. Photo via WLTX

The Washington Post has the story:

A jury deadlocked Monday in the case of a former South Carolina police officer charged with murder after he was recorded on video last year firing a barrage of bullets at the back of Walter Scott, a fleeing driver, in one of the most high-profile shootings to rattle the nation in recent years.

“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 that Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman read aloud in the courtroom.

The officer, Michael Slager, will be re-tried in state court, and also faces a range of federal charges related to violations of Scott’s civil rights.

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