Walter Scott’s family said Monday they still have trust in God’s plan and that justice will happened for the former North Charleston police officer who shot and killed him.
Their comments came not long after a state judge declared a mistrial in the case of Michael Slager when the jury revealed it could not come to a unanimous verdict after 22 hours of deliberation.
“I trust God, I believe God. I am encouraged because I know God is able,” Scott’s mother Judy Scott told reporters. “He will get his just reward,” she added in a reference to Slager.
13th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said her office is ready for Slager’s retrial and the officer is still facing charges in federal court that could carry a life sentence.
“And we have the federal trial and another trial to go. I am just waiting on the Lord. I am just going to rest in the Lord,” Scott said.
“I don’t care how it looks, it’s not over. Y’all hear me? It’s not over till God says it’s over,” Scott said. “We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses.”
Scott’s mother, his brothers and the family’s attorneys came from the courthouse and stood in front reporters and they urged calm. His brother Anthony Scott offered support for those who wished to peacefully protest the lack of verdict.
The family’s attorneys said they would work with Wilson’s office to schedule a new court date.
“We wished the outcome may have been different but at the end of the day this is just another step in the process,” attorney Justin Bamberg said. “We all know that at the end of the day, justice will be had,”