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Published: Thu, December 08, 2016
Research | By Jennifer Evans

After mistrial, slain SC motorist's family still confident

After mistrial, slain SC motorist's family still confident

Tuesday, those lawyers argued that outrage over a jury's failure to reach a verdict in the trial of Slager - a white former patrol officer who shot and killed Walter Scott, a black man who was unarmed, in North Charleston previous year - could sway jurors to take out their frustration on Roof.

The jury, which deliberated for 22 hours in the case, had indicated Friday they were deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of conviction - a fact that made Monday's mistrial all the more disappointing for the Scott family.

"We as the jury regret to inform the court that despite the best efforts of all members, we are unable to come to a unanimous decision", Clifton read from a note written by the jury, according to the Washington Post.

Charleston County, S.C. police officer Michael Slager was charged with Walter Scott's murder after shooting him in back after a traffic stop.

"The judge's response to jurors included telling them that they can not convict Slager of murder or manslaughter unless the charge has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt", WYFF's managing editor Carla Field wrote in her report. After the video become public, Slager was arrested, fired from the North Charleston Police Department, and charged with murder. It's the second case in the last few weeks in which a jury deadlocked in an officer-involved shooting. South Carolina Republican Party chairman Matt Moore had perhaps the most forceful rebuke:Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg gave a neutral statement, expressing disappointment in the result without stating a preferred verdict. Slager is a former North Charleston police officer.

Slager's wife, Jamie, cried after the jurors were dismissed and briefly put her head on the bench in front of her. She said "thank you for everything" to the defense lawyers as they left the courtroom.

"I am not sad", she told reporters after the mistrial was announced", she commented.

The judge had rejected defense attorney Andy Savage's request for a mistrial on Friday.

The church slayings took place a little more than two months after the Slager shooting, and Charleston has stayed mostly calm, unlike other cities where police shootings and perceived racial injustice has rocked communities.

"Everyone knows where I stand as far as me being a man of peace", Dixon says.

The family called for peaceful protests. I'm just going to rest in the lord. And of the 991 citizens, including Scott, who were fatally shot by police in 2015, at least 43 percent were black or Hispanic. Slager will get another day in court.

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson praised Scott's family for their patience and understanding. A year later, the Department of Justice charged Slager with "a federal civil rights offense, using a firearm during the commission of the civil rights offense and obstruction of justice".

While the legitimate anxieties of police officers who risk their lives daily are due respect, when measured against the incontrovertible video evidence, Slager's fear can only be described as emanating from a parallel universe.

"He picked a sorry way to do it", Wilson said of Scott's decision to run to avoid being taken to jail.

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