Vice President-elect Mike Pence said it’s up to the president-elect and his attorney general to decide if Michael Slager’s prosecution in federal court moves forward.
With the former North Charleston officer’s state murder case ending in a deadlocked jury and mistrial Monday, the focus now moves to the federal civil rights case against him. Slager who is white, was caught on video shooting Walter Scott who is black, in the back as Scott ran from the officer during a traffic stop in April 2015.
During an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday, Pence was asked if President-elect Donald Trump’s administration would support the federal case continuing against Slager. Pence said that it will be up to Trump and his appointee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL, who is expected to be confirmed by the Senate.
The former police officer’s state trial took a little over a month in Charleston, but ended Monday in the mistrial when 12 jurors could not agree on Slager’s guilt or innocence. Slager had faced conviction for either murder, manslaughter or acquittal.
On Friday at least one juror wrote a note to the judge saying he had an unwillingness to vote for either guilty verdict.