CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the National Action Network said they were pleased with t
and asked for some cases to be reopened.
"The murder indictment is a tremendous step in the right direction," said Rev. Nelson Rivers who spoke along with Elder James Johnson during a press conference in downtown Charleston on Monday. "Maybe South Carolina and maybe even Charleston and North Charleston has a chance to lead the country on how to respond to police accountability to the use of deadly force by police officers against unarmed citizens particularly unarmed African Americans, and African American males especially."
Rivers credited the grand jury, Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, the chief of police and Mayor Keith Summey on "getting us to this place."
He also commended the community for keeping its protests peaceful during the difficult and emotional case.
"Right now the system is working as it should," Rivers said."[Slager] was charged for murder and he was fired for murder. So what we've asked for has now been done."
The organization also called on authorities to reopen other cases of alleged police brutality that may have been overlooked.
Johnson cited the case of 19-year-old Denzel Curnell who police say shot himself during a confrontation with a Charleston police officer.