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Grand jury clears Ga. police officer in second probe of 2011 shooting death


ATLANTA — A grand jury has cleared a Union City police officer in the 2011 shooting death of a 19-year-old man.

Local media reported that the decision clearing Officer Luther Lewis came Thursday after two days of witness testimony.

Union City police have said Ariston Waiters was shot in 2011 after he went for an officer's gun. A grand jury previously declined to indict the officer.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reopened the probe into Waiters' death after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV raised questions about the thoroughness of the investigation.

Howard thanked Union City police who testified, calling their testimony brave and historic in a statement. But he says the grand jury's decision requires "that we move on from this case."

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