December 6, 2016 by The ReadyWriter
The North Charleston police officer (Michael Slager), who shot and killed Walter Scott in the back as he was fleeing will not face justice.
Slager, 35, was fired from the North Charleston police force after cell phone video of the shooting was released.
A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial after 1 juror refused to convict Officer Michael Slager. The jury was hung 11-1 with 11 voting to convict Slager of murder in the April 4, 2015 shooting.
NY Post — The judge had told jurors they could also consider a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.
Slager was standing trial for shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott to death in North Charleston after stopping him for having a broken taillight. Cellphone video taken by a bystander of the shooting was shown widely in the media and on the internet and sparked national outrage.
Jurors had deliberated more than 22 hours over four days.
Slager is currently free on $500,000 bond.