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Family of black man slain by former police officer reacts to mistrial

Family of black man slain by former police officer reacts to mistrial

Judge Clifton Newman: "I have a final note from the jury". But the jury asked to carry on, before breaking for the weekend.

A mistrial has been announced in the murder trial of the former Charleston, S.C., police officer who was recorded on video fatally shooting Walter Scott, a 50-year-old black motorist, after a traffic stop, reports the Washington Post. Newman did, and when the jurors returned, he explained they would have to consent to more time or they could indicate they were hopelessly deadlocked.

For an untold reason, one juror still couldn't find it in his or her gut to convict.

On Friday, the jury in the case said it hadn't been able to reach a verdict, but the judge ordered them to keep deliberating until Monday. But Monday's note said that a majority of the jurors on the panel of 11 whites and one black were still undecided. The manslaughter charge carried a sentence of two to 30 years.

Slager's wife, Jamie, cried after the jurors were dismissed.

She said "thank you for everything" to the defence lawyers as they left the courtroom. "I trust God", she told reporters. Savage did not comment. This is Walter Scott's mother, Judy Scott. "I know that justice will be served". "I expect those who hold opposing views to change their minds because I see them as good, honest people, therefore I regret to say we may never reach an unanimous decision". "We're not happy. But we're not sad".

Scott's brother, Anthony, said people in the community who may want to protest should protest peacefully.

Scott had been pulled over in North Charleston for having a broken taillight on his 1990 Mercedes.

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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. Scott, at least 17 feet away, is hit five times in the back.

Outside the courthouse, local pastors conducted a prayer vigil while awaiting a verdict.

Jurors could not reach a verdict after four days of deliberations in the case against former North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager, 35. He has been free since January on a $500,000 bond.

Slager also faces a federal indictment for violating Scott's civil rights and unlawfully using a weapon during the commission of a crime, and obstruction of justice charges for lying to investigators when he claimed Scott was moving towards him with the Taser when he shot him.

"There is no way that former officer Michael Slager can escape what's coming to him, and that's a conviction, and that is prison time", said Justin Bamberg, a family attorney.

She said the outcome in SC and other recent cases across the country doesn't portend well for chances of getting a conviction in two fatal police shooting cases where officers were indicted for murder this year in Georgia.

Mr Scott's family called for peace in the North Charleston community, which is believed to have helped prevent the kind of violence that erupted elsewhere when black men were killed in encounters with police.


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