Prosecutor: Alabama officer who shot man won’t face charges

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(left) Mobile Police Officer Harold Hurst (Mobile Police Department) and 19-year-old Michael Moore (Facebook)

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – A south Alabama prosecutor says a grand jury has decided not to indict a white police officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old black man during a traffic stop.

Local media report that Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich on Tuesday announced that Mobile police Officer Harold Hurst won’t face criminal charges. Hurst fatally shot Michael Moore on June 13.

Mobile police Chief James Barber said in June that Hurst noticed a gun tucked in Moore’s waistband when he asked Moore to get out of the vehicle he was driving. Barber said Moore failed to comply with orders not to touch the gun and was shot three times.

Barber told WKRG-TV that Hurst will remain on administrative leave until a U.S. Department of Justice investigation is complete.

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