On Monday, a South Carolina judge declared a mistrial in the case of former police officer Michael Slager. Slager was initially charged with murder in 2015 after shooting and killing an unarmed black man named Walter Scott.
The incident was all captured on video and shows Slager shooting Scott in the back multiple times as Scott tried to run away from him. Judge Clifton Newman declared the case a mistrial after jurors reported that they were undecided.
On Friday, Scott's brother Anthony said, "We do believe within our hearts that we will see justice for my brother," BuzzFeed News reports. He had said at an earlier time, "No human being deserves to be gunned down from the back."
The world has watched too many times as American police officers get away with murdering unarmed black people across the country. Following the decision in Slager's case, the internet responded with calls of "Black Lives Matter." Some also pointed to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest.
Shooting a man in the back multiple times as he runs away results in a mistrial.Unbelievable...#BlackLivesMatter… https://t.co/ThdyjlKA5c— Keri Henderson (@Keri Henderson)1480972159.0
Even with clear video evidence #WalterScott couldn't get justice.— BJ Thompson (@BJ Thompson)1480973195.0
Please stop saying "the system is broken" The shit was built like this from day one! #BlackLivesMatter— T.🎭 (@T.🎭)1480972096.0
But please, tell me again how black athletes kneeling for the anthem offends your sensibilities. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/pn7eGR6Ghy— John Hardin (@John Hardin)1480972042.0
I wish cameras actually did save you from white supremacy. #WalterScott— Benjamin Young Savage (ᐱᓐᒋᐱᓐ) (@Benjamin Young Savage (ᐱᓐᒋᐱᓐ))1480973788.0
My friends in the media, use this picture of #WalterScott in all his dignity. Not him running being gunned down fro… https://t.co/b3lWxL2LhN— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari Sellers)1480971285.0
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 5, 2016
We live in a country where a white cop can shoot a black man in the back & plant a weapon on him, ON VIDEO, & not be convicted. #walterscott— Ijeoma Oluo (@Ijeoma Oluo)1480972641.0
Trying to think of something that's new to say re: this mistrial. Coming up empty, on all fronts. #WalterScott— Johnetta Elzie (@Johnetta Elzie)1480973534.0
I don't have anything new to say. I mean, we have a video of an execution and planting evidence & even that's not enough. #WalterScott— deray (@deray)1480975179.0
This legalized #WalterScott killing is further proof that Black Americans are being PURGED, and the sooner ALL of us realize that the better— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸)1480975524.0