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Grand Jury Declines to Indict New Brunswick Cops

A grand jury has declined to file criminal charges in a fatal police shooting in New Brunswick that sparked several protests.

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Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan announced Thursday the jury declined to indict Police Officers Brad Berdel and Daniel Mazan in the shooting death of 46-year-old Barry Deloatch.

Prosecutors say Deloatch ran off Sept. 22, 2011, after the officers approached him and two other men, and a subsequent chase ended with Berdel shooting Deloatch.

Officials say Deloatch threatened the officers with a board. Deloatch’s relatives have disputed those accounts and want the officers charged.

Kaplan says the grand jury met for 11 consecutive weeks, heard 57 witnesses, and reviewed 280 exhibits before reaching its conclusion.

Kaplan says the case will undergo an administrative review by the New Brunswick Police Department.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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