Two Years Removed From Fatal Police Shooting of Walter Scott, Family Still Seeking Justice, Morality & A Fair Trial

Rodney Scott speaks during a prayer vigil commemorating the police shooting death of his brother Walter Scott on April 4, 2015 and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on April 4, 1968. Photo: Tolbert Smalls, Jr.

Staff Reports – Tuesday, April 4, 2017 marked the anniversary of the police shooting death of Walter Scott by former North Charleston policeman Michael Slager as well the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in 1968. Community members gathered at Local 1422 ILA Hall to honor their lives.

Rodney Scott, Walter’s brother, was in attendance for the commemoration. Surrounded by family and supporters, he spoke candidly of his brother and the upcoming trial.

“Today we’re here to honor the life of my brother Walter Scott. My family is very thankful for the support of the community as we continue to seek justice for what happened to him two years ago today,” he said. “As the federal trial approaches, we continue to ask for the system to do what is right. We’re not asking for too much. We just want a fair trial. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. You can’t change that. WE WANT JUSTICE,” Scott said.

Charged with murder, Slager’s first trial ended in a hung jury. He will be retried in August while his federal trial is set to get underway in May. The former officer is charged with violating Walter Scott’s civil rights.

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