Hung jury in civil trial of retired Norfolk officer

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The civil trial of retired Norfolk police officer Neal Robertson ended with a hung jury Tuesday afternoon.

The nine jurors had been deliberating since Friday afternoon, trying to decide if Marius Mitchell should receive $10 million because he was shot by Robertson outside a 7-Eleven in 2013.

Jury sees dash camera video in civil trial of retired Norfolk officer

Mitchell claimed that the retired officer was negligent and used excessive force when he shot him three times.

Robertson told the jury that Mitchell got into his unmarked police car after a traffic stop and foot chase. The retired officer said he fired because his arm got caught in the driver door window as Mitchell was driving off, and he was being dragged by the car.

10 On Your Side’s Erin Kelly talked to Robertson’s attorney about what the jury told the judge.

“They indicated to him that they couldn’t make a decision. They were not unanimous on any count,” Alan Rashkind said.

Mitchell and Robertson were each previously cleared of criminal wrongdoing in this case.

Mitchell said he could not comment on the case outside court Tuesday.

Both sides are planning a new trial, though it’s not clear when that would take place.