PBS NewsHour

Convicted of murder, but a police officer pulled the trigger

Clip: 09/14/2019 | 12m 4s

In 2015, an Alabama police officer shot and killed a teenager burglarizing a home. While the officer was cleared, four other teens who were involved in the crime were all charged with their friend’s murder. But how can that be? NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports on the little-known legal doctrine behind the case, called the felony murder rule.

Aired: 09/14/19

Rating: NR

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