Mistrial Declared in Michael Slager Murder Trial
A mistrial has been declared in the murder case against Michael T. Slager, the North Charleston police officer who killed Walter Scott.
The Newsobserver reports the jury could not reach a verdict after deliberating more than 22 hours over four days . The New York Times reports Circuit Judge Clifton Newman thanked the jurors for their contributions, when he announced his decision.
The jury was deliberating whether to convict Slager of murder or involuntary manslaughter in the April 2015 shooting of Walter Scott. Cellphone video of the shooting showed Scott being shot in the back. The video sparked debates and protests across the nation about how blacks are treated by law enforcement.
Slager was fired after the shooting.
According to the Times, Slager will face a federal court trial next year for violating Scott's civil rights.