December 5, 2016
“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,” wrote the jury. And with that, justice may be on hold for Walter Scott, the Black man seen on tape running away from Officer Michael Slager who shot and killed the retreating man.
After the footage of the killing emerged last year, Slager was charged with murder — a rarity in most cases like this.
Slager said on trial that he feared for his life during the April 2015 traffic stop that ultimately saw Scott, 50, trying to run away. This testimony was enough for one juror to remain unsure and thus deadlocked the jury.
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