10 things you need to know today: December 6, 2016

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1. Mistrial declared in Michael Slager's murder trial

A judge in South Carolina on Monday declared a mistrial in the case of a former North Charleston police officer, Michael Slager, charged with murder for fatally shooting motorist Walter Scott after a traffic stop. The jury could have convicted Slager of murder or manslaughter, or acquitted him, but could not come to a unanimous decision. Slager, who is white, pulled over Scott, who was black, for a broken taillight. Scott fled on foot and Slager caught up with him nearby, then shot him as he ran away. A witness captured a cellphone video of the shooting, which sparked widespread outrage. Slager's lawyers said he feared for his life because he thought Scott had taken his Taser and would use the stun gun on him.

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