Civil Rights groups react to judge denying Slager bond

VIDEO: Civil Rights groups react to judge denying Slager bond

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Local civil rights groups are pleased following Judge Clifton Newman's decision to deny bond for Michael Slager.

The former North Charleston police officer is accused of shooting and killing Walter Scott in April.

Newman filed his order late Monday afternoon citing Slager as a danger to the community.

"Hopefully the trial will start sometime next year, and we'll follow it until the end," said Elder James Johnson, President of the Charleston National Action Network branch. "We'll see that justice is served."

Judge Newman had the weekend to consider evidence presented by the defense on why Slager should be granted bond.

In his decision he stated, "After careful consideration of all the evidence presented and the nature and circumstances of the offense, the Court finds that release of the Defendant would constitute an unreasonable danger to the community..."

"I think it's fair," said Edward Bryant III, President of the North Charleston NAACP branch. "I think it should be that way 100%. Because his bond was denied is no different than the OJ trial, no different than Charles Manson, in none of those cases. People who were extremely murderous in any state, are subsequently denied bond. It's no different."

"Mrs. Scott will never see her son again in this life, so nobody wins in this case," Johnson added. "We want justice. We're sick and tired of seeing policemen shooting black men across this country. This has to come to an end."

Walter Scott's brother, Anthony, issued a statement on the family's behalf.

It said, "Today isn't cause for celebration, there are no winners or losers when one man has lost his life at the hands of another.  

Our family respects the judge's decision to deny bond for Michael Slager.  We trust in God and our prayer is that something like this never happens again to any family, anywhere.

We have full faith and confidence in the judicial system and understand that this is just part of a long process in our pursuit of justice for Walter."

Last week civil rights groups promised peaceful demonstrations if Slager were to be granted bond.

Monday it remained peaceful as these groups continue to seek a solution to what they say is a growing problem.

"Hopefully, after the trial is over, it will send a strong message throughout America, that if you kill an unarmed person, as a police officer, you will go to jail," Johnson said.

WCSC reached out to Slager's attorneys following the judge's decision, they provided no comment.

WCSC also reached out to Solicitor Wilson, who did not immediately return for comment.

Attorneys on both sides will meet in the beginning of November to set a date for Slager's trial.

Until then, he will remain in solitary confinement at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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