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Ohio grand jury declines to charge officer in shooting of teen who had pellet gun

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 01:24

A grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, declined to charge a white police officer on Friday in the shooting death of a black 13-year-old boy who had a BB gun. Nathan Frandino reports.

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NATS: "Tyre King was a freedom fighter and he taught us how to fight." A song for justice... NATS: "And we gonna fight all day and night until we get it right." in Columbus, Ohio. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AARON PEAKS, LOCAL RESIDENT, SAYING: "I pray a lot for these people. For their healing in their hearts." With hearts grieving for Tyre King. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AARON PEAKS, LOCAL RESIDENT, SAYING: "It makes you never forget, you know it makes you keep you're focus on what's really going on." And right now they're focused on the grand jury decision NOT to charge Columbus Police Officer Bryan Mason for the fatal September shooting of 13-year-old Tyre King. Mason was responding to a report of an armed robbery when he followed King into an alley. Police say King appeared to pull a handgun from his waistband that was later determined to be an air pistol. NATS: "This is just one step in a long road." Inside the Central SDA Church, community members spoke about staying unified and continuing to seek answers. NATS: "I trust that God is going to work this all the way out and I do believe that justice will be served." King's death sparked protests in Columbus, and followed a number of other police shootings of black men that heightened tensions across the country. NATS: "We need all hands on deck." After 13 seconds of silence for King, everyone marched to the lot where he was shot and put their faith in prayer.

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Ohio grand jury declines to charge officer in shooting of teen who had pellet gun

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 01:24