Civil rights group calls for immediate retrial of Michael Slager

Civil rights group calls for immediate retrial of Michael Slager
Walter Scott. Source: Facebook
Walter Scott. Source: Facebook

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A civil rights organization called Friday for an immediate retrial of the North Charleston police officer charged in the shooting death of a motorist who fled a traffic stop.

Michael Slager is charged in the April 4, 2015, death of Walter Scott.

After a five-week trial, a jury tasked with deciding whether Slager is guilty of either murder or voluntary manslaughter or not guilty on the basis of self-defense told a judge Monday they would be unable to reach a unanimous decision.

Disappointed with the outcome of the case earlier this week, South Carolina NAN leader Elder James Johnson called on President-elect Donald Trump to create a commission that investigates the shootings of unarmed African Americans once he takes office.

Legal experts say it could take months before Slager is retried.

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