Staff with NBC’s The Today Show apologized Wednesday after using an image of Baltimore in a news report that morning about the reaction in Charleston after mistrial was declared in former North Chsrleston police officer Michael Slager’s case.
The segment gave an update on the mistrial’s aftermath. As Matt Lauer did a voice over of the video saying “The mayor of Charleston, community leaders and South Carolina’s governor, are urging a calm response to that ruling,” an image from the 2015 protests in Baltimore appeared. There was no indication that it was another city and not Charleston.
According to the Post and Courier newspaper, some Charleston-area Twitter users noticed right away that the footage was not Charleston. They took to social media to express their displeasure over the mistake.
By Wednesday afternoon, the video clip was gone from the article on the Today Show’s website with an apology below the old clip: “This video erroneously included an image from an event not related to the Scott trial, and has been removed.”
There were no mass public demonstrations or protests in Charleston after the mistrial. In fact, only scattered individual protesters gathered outside the county courthouse after mistrial was declared Thursday.