NORTH CHARLESTON (WCBD-TV) – Parts of the community are still reeling from the announcement of a mistrial for the police officer who shot a man in the back on video.
Hundreds gathered at Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston to discuss what can be done next aside from waiting for the retrial of Michael Slager
Elder James Johnson of the National Action Network along with Reverend Nelson B. Rivers III, Pastor Thomas Dixon, and attorney Jerod Frazier came up with the event earlier in the same day. Johnson added the robust crowd is indicative of their support. “People are very downhearted about the decision,” said Johnson, “they want their questions answered.”
Walter Scott’s mother, Judy, and his younger brother, Rodney, spoke at the forum.
Ladonya Chisolm has known the Scott family for more than 15 years and came to the meeting from Summerville for guidance. Chisolm says her anxiety has increased since the trial and that she is one of many who feels let down by the justice system after Monday. “If we don’t have law I just don’t understand what we have,” said Chisolm, “I’m not saying they’re wrong, but I’m saying somehow somewhere it don’t feel right.”