Mistrial in Murder Case Against Cop Who Fatally Shot Walter Scott

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
A judge on Dec. 5, 2016, declared a mistrial in the murder case against now-former North Charleston, S.C., Police Officer Michael Slager (shown above, right), in the April 2015 fatal shooting of Walter Scott (left).
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A judge declared a mistrial Monday in the case against now-former North Charleston, S.C., Police Officer Michael Slager, charged with fatally shooting an unarmed black man as the man ran away from him.

According to ABC News, the jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision, with many reports speculating that there was one lone juror who refused to convict Slager.


Video of the April 4, 2015, killing of Walter Scott shows Scott running away from Slager after the officer pulled him over in a traffic stop. Scott was shot several times by Slager, and video appears to show Slager placing his Taser near Scott's body. The video garnered national attention because it appeared to be the most brazen killing of an unarmed black man.

Slager was fired from the police force and charged with murder shortly after cellphone video of the shooting emerged.


According to USA Today, "Slager also is awaiting trial in federal court, charged with violating Scott's rights, obstruction of justice and a gun violation. The city of North Charleston agreed to pay a $6.5 million settlement to the Scott family."

 Read more at ABC News and USA Today.

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