Scott family: 'Fight isn't over' after Slager mistrial

Judy Scott, mother of Walter Scott, appears before the media following a mistrial in the Michael Slager case. (Source: Live 5)
Judy Scott, mother of Walter Scott, appears before the media following a mistrial in the Michael Slager case. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An attorney for the family of the man fatally shot by a former North Charleston police officer says a mistrial isn't the end of their fight for justice.

"It was a long five weeks and a missed opportunity for justice," family attorney Chris Stewart said. "It was a missed opportunity to heal a lot of wounds in the country, a missed opportunity to remind the good officers who put on that badge that they aren't Michael Slager."

The trial of Michael Slager, who was charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott, who fled a traffic stop, ended in a mistrial Monday afternoon. Slager said the two ended in a scuffle and Scott grabbed Slager's Taser and pointed it at him, forcing Slager to fire at Scott.

Late Monday afternoon, the jury again sent a note to Judge Clifton Newman stating they were unable to reach a unanimous decision, forcing Newman to declare the mistrial.

"But if you thought that we were going to come out crying or weeping or weak, you don't know the Scott family, who have become my family," Stewart said. "The fight isn't over: that was round one."

Stewart said Slager may have delayed justice but said he did not escape it, adding that the Department of Justice will try Slager and Solicitor Scarlett Wilson will re-try him as soon as possible.

"I'm not sad and I want you to know why I'm not sad," Judy Scott, Walter's mother, said outside the courthouse Monday afternoon. "Because Jesus is on the inside and I know that justice will be served." Scott said God told her to wait on the Lord and that God was strengthening her heart. "It's not over till God says it's over,"

Scott's brother, Anthony, said people in the community who may want to protest should protest peacefully.

"We're not going to tear up this city, we're going to keep it just the way it is, and we're going to believe in peaceful protest," he said. "We feel like our voices need to be heard, and we need let the nation know that we're not happy, but we're not sad, because we know that God got it. But we do believe in peaceful protest."

When asked if he can find it in his heart to forgive Slager, Scott said he will find the peace in his heart to do so, but not until his family receives justice.

Family attorney Justin Bamberg said they all believe justice will eventually be served.

"One thing we've learned through this entire process is that it doesn't really matter how many times you get knocked down, just make sure you land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up," he said.

Bamberg said there is no way Slager can escape what Bamberg says is coming to him: a conviction and prison time.

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