NAACP members in Charleston Monday said they want a fair and transparent jury selection process in the retrial for the former North Charleston police officer who shot Walter Scott after a traffic stop in April of 2015.
Most of the proceedings in the jury selection for former officer Michael Slager’s murder trial was closed to the public. In the end 11 white people and one black person emerged as primary jurors in the case. Slager is white, and Scott was black. The shooting was caught on cell phone video by a witness.
A mistrial in Slager’s murder case was declared last week. The inability of the jury to come to a to a guiltily verdict, given the video of the incident, has come into question.
NAACP Charleston branch President Dot Scott said that her organization was encouraged that Slager is slated be tried again.
“Like most citizens, we found it to be outrageous that clear evidence of what appears to be either manslaughter or murder did not lead all of those on the jury to reach a just decision,” Scott said.
Scott said the jury selection in the retrial must be done in a fair and transparent manner. “That wasn’t the case with the hung jury that led to the mistrial, and that lack of transparency led to nagging concerns for many citizens,” Scott said. “People have the right to expect that justice will be done, from the selection of the jury to the presentation of the evidence. To the eventual verdict.”