Dylann Roof's lawyers want delay after officer's mistrial
- Author: Adam Floyd Dec 09, 2016,
Dec 09, 2016, 15:48
One woman who used racist terms to describe people who protest officer shootings said that while Scott shouldn't have run, even she had to admit that "the shooting was total overkill". He probably never saw the deadly bullets coming.
Slager, 35, shot and killed Scott in April 2015 after he pulled over the driver for a broken tail light.
Dorsey Montgomery II said that when he started deliberating, he was ready to convict Slager of murder. (After months of delays, Roof's trial is expected to begin today.) The mistrial in the Scott case, reportedly the result of a single holdout juror, suggests that the patience and faith Haley extolled are actually civic liabilities, which benefit a judicial system that is incapable in most instances of justly evaluating its own officers. But if bystander video footage isn't enough to convict officers who murder unarmed citizens on camera, what will be enough? "We have a federal trial and another trial to go".
The judge also refused a request from Roof's lawyers that if the trial was not delayed, he should extensively question the 67 people in the jury pool before jurors are selected and warn the jury they can only judge Roof, not what happened in the other trial.
Last Friday, as the jury deliberated, one of the members sent a letter to the judge saying "I can not in good conscience consider a guilty verdict".
We don't know who the juror is.
But it is a reminder that not all juries are created equal. This paradox becomes even more important in cases marked by racial disparities and implicit anti-black bias perpetuated by law enforcement. But unlike some high-profile shootings of black men by white cops, Slager's actions were captured in a video that seemed to make the case against him airtight.
The Washington Post quoted Chris Stewart, an attorney for the Scott family saying the outcome is "a missed opportunity for justice" and that the fight was far from over, noting that Mr. Slager faces federal charges as well as a retrial.
The prosecutor said she would retry the case. But even if they're successful on the second try, it doesn't change the fact that it's exceedingly hard to convict officers on a murder charge.More news: Automata is coming to the PC on March 7th — NieR
The mistrial of a former police officer in SC could become one of the first tests of how the Trump administration will handle law and order and police accountability. "Still, this was a particularly egregious case".
"There is a tendency to believe an officer over a civilian, in terms of credibility", civil rights lawyer David Rudovsky said.
And video evidence is not the slam dunk outsiders may believe.
In a rare shakeup in October, higher-ups at the Justice Department replaced the team of federal agents looking into the death of Eric Garner in NY. And based on the video, he dropped his stun gun by Scott's body, apparently to give credence to his version of events.
On Tuesday, Slager emphasized that he had acted according to his training as a police officer, and that he had been afraid of Scott. Not just black people, who can no longer shoulder this crucifix of injustice alone.
"The point is, simply, that the presumption of innocence, a cornerstone of our criminal-justice system, at least in theory, is rivaled by another American tradition-the presumption of guilt that weighs upon black Americans and the devastatingly disproportionate punishments it wreaks upon its victims", writes Steven Hale.
Nevertheless, Coates' tweet highlights how prosecutors have a complicated relationship with police officers and the public..
To be black in America is to know better than that.