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Cop Who Shot Walter Scott In The Back Walks Free; Judge Declares Mistrial

A judge in South Carolina was forced to declared a mistrial on Monday, in the trial of a former cop who shot an unarmed Black man in the back. The former cop was set free because the jury informed the judge that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

After four days of deliberations, the judge declared a mistrial in the murder trial of Michael Slager, a former cop in the North Charleston police department.

“We will try Michael Slager again,” 9th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Scarlett A. Wilson said in a statement. The judge expressed disappointment at the fact Slager wasn’t convicted after a 5-week trial for murder in state court.

Slager executed Walter Scott, 50, after an April 4, 2015, traffic stop. The shooting was caught on a cell phone video by a bystander who witnessed the incident. The video clearly showed Scott running away from Slager, who then still proceeded to fired eight times, hitting Scott with three rounds of ammunition in the back.
The jury which consisted of 11 white people and one Black person, said they struggled to reach a unanimous verdict. They went back to deliberate three separate times on Friday, after informing the judge that they were deadlocked. One juror sent a note to the judge stating, “I can’t vote for a conviction and wouldn’t change my mind.” 

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