Group Says Slager Trial Has Gotten Off on Wrong Foot

A civil rights group say the jury as picked is problematic.

Charleston, SC (WLTX) - The racial breakdown of the jury seated in the Michael Slager murder trial has been a topic of discussion by the Charleston Community.

In a press conference by the National Action Network and the North Charleston NAACP, they expressed their concern for the trial so far.

“This trial has started off on the wrong foot,” says Elder James Johnson with the National Action Network. "It has sent a negative message across Charleston and across the world with only one black juror out of twelve.”

The primary jury is made up of six white men, five white women and one black man.

The president of the North Charleston NAACP says he had hoped that the jury pool would come from North Charleston.

"The city of North Charleston, reportedly the third largest city in the state, is 47.2 percent black and 41.2 percent white, with 6.2 percent latino,” says Ed Bryant.

In a brief press conference, the attorneys representing the Scott family explained that while the community may be upset about the make of the jury, the family is not.

L. Chris Stewart, a family attorney, says the family will not speak for the rest of the proceedings because they do not want anything to jeopardize the rest of the trial.
 


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