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Walter Scott Shooting: Mistrial Declared In Case Against Former Police Officer

Walter Scott Shooting: Mistrial Declared In Case Against Former Police Officer

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Oliver Laughland | The Guardian

The trial of the former police officer who shot dead Walter Scott, an unarmed African American, in an incident that was caught on cellphone video and reignited the debate on race and policing in the US, has ended in a mistrial.

Michael Slager, 35, was caught on film shooting Scott, 50, five times from behind after pursuing the father of four when he fled a traffic stop in South Carolina in April 2015. The video filmed by a witness, which propelled the case into the global spotlight, showed Scott was running away with his back turned when Slager, then an officer with the North Charleston police department, opened fire.

The jury of 11 white people and one black person was unable to reach a unanimous decision on the murder and manslaughter charges, meaning the case resulted in a mistrial. The result hung on the opinion of single juror who, on Friday, indicated in a note to the Judge Clifton Newman, that they could not “with good conscience consider a guilty verdict”.

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