Earlier this week, the judge presiding over the trial of former officer Michael Slager declared a mistrial by reason of a deadlocked jury. Now, the jury foreman, who was among the 12 jurors unable to reach a verdict, is speaking out.
The jury in question deliberated for a total of four days, but ultimately came up short in determining whether or not former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager should be held accountable for fatally shooting unarmed Black father Walter Scott. They failed to come to a unanimous decision between convicting Slager of murder or manslaughter beyond a reasonable doubt.
Video footage of the April 2015 traffic stop confrontation went viral and confirmed that Scott was running away from Slager when the officer fired six shots at Scott’s back, killing him.
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Foreman Dorsey Montgomery appeared on The TODAY Show earlier this week and spoke about how the jury did not believe there was malicious intent involved in Slager’s actions, why he doesn’t believe race played a factor, and much more. Hear what he had to say in the video clip below: