“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough shares the outrage of Americans who cannot believe a South Carolina police officer was allowed to walk free despite shooting an unarmed black man in the back.
A mistrial was declared Monday in the murder trial of Michael Slager, a former patrolman in North Charleston, who fatally shot Walter Scott in a videotaped incident that the ex-officer claimed was self-defense.
Slager also faces trial next year in federal court on charges of violating civil rights laws, obstruction of justice and using a firearm while committing a act of violence — and Scarborough demanded the likely next attorney general immediately announce whether that case would continue.
“I have absolutely no idea how any juror could have not come up with a murder charge here,” Scarborough said.
He pointed out that Slager shot the 50-year-old Scott five times in the back, which was clearly captured on video by a witness, and then attempted to plant evidence on the mortally wounded man.
Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), has a poor record on civil rights and was rejected 30 years ago by a Senate panel as a federal judge over racism concerns — and Scarborough wants to know his position on the Slager case.
“That’s a question Jeff Sessions should be asked immediately,” Scarborough said. “Immediately when he gets in front of the Senate, whether they are going to move ahead with federal charges against a police officer condemned by his own department who shot a black man in the back five times.”
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) December 6, 2016