- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The video clearly showed a white police officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man in the back as the man ran away.

But a South Carolina jury was unable to agree on a verdict in one of the nation’s ghastliest police shootings. A lone holdout forced a mistrial.

The outcome stung many African-Americans and others. If that kind of evidence can’t produce a conviction, they asked, what can?

Johnetta Elzie is a black activist who protested in Ferguson, Missouri. She is frustrated that the jury could not decide if it’s illegal to shoot someone who is running away.

Prosecutors plan to retry officer Michael Slager, who still faces a federal civil trial. North Charleston city officials approved a $6.5 million civil settlement for Walter Scott’s family earlier this year.


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