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A Prosecutor Has Declined To File Charges In The Deadly Police Shooting Of A Native American Teen

The special prosecutor investigating the fatal police shooting of a 14-year-old member of the Bad River Reservation in Wisconsin has declined to bring charges against the Ashland County sheriff's deputy involved in the shooting.

The teen, eighth grader Jason Pero, was shot twice in the chest by Ashland County Sheriff's Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich after leaving school on the morning of Nov. 8. The shooting exposed deep racial tensions between members of the Bad River Reservation and the sheriff’s department, which under federal law has jurisdiction over the tribe’s lands, and prompted tribal officials to call for a federal civil rights investigation into the incident.


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