CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – An attorney for the family of Walter Scott, the black motorist killed by a white police officer in South Carolina, says he’s not worried about a nearly all-white jury deciding the case.
Michael Slager, a former North Charleston patrolman, is charged with murder in the April 2015 death of Scott, who was shot while fleeing a traffic stop. The shooting was caught on dramatic cellphone video by a bystander and stunned the nation.
Thursday was the first day of testimony before the jury, which has 11 white members and one black member. After court adjourned, family attorney Chris Stewart told reporters the family isn’t worried at all about the jury makeup.
“All you need in this case is everything all juries have: two eyes and a brain. It doesn’t matter what color they are because they have eyes that can see that video tape,” Stewart says.
He says the jurors will know there is no explanation at all for shooting at a man eight times.