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Charleston on edge as 2 racially charged trials begin

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager. (Photo Source: North Charleston Police Dept.) and Church Shooter Dylann Roof (Photo Source: Charleston Police Dept.)

Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager. (Photo Source: North Charleston Police Dept.); and church shooter Dylann Roof (Photo Source: Charleston Police Dept.)

Charleston, South Carolina, is about to witness the trials of two men involved in racially charged shootings. Jury selection begins today in the state murder trial of Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer who gunned down unarmed Black motorist Walter Scott in April 2015. Slager, 34, said he stopped Scott for a broken brake light. At some point, Slager said that he feared for his life and shot and killed Scott. However, cellphone video taken by a witness showed Scott running away when he was shot at by Slager eight times; striking him in the back, in the upper buttocks, and once in the ear, according to the coroner. Slager is then seen placing his taser near Scott’s body and then later claimed that he was in fear of his life because Scott attempted to fight him and take his weapon. Slager faces state murder charges in the death of Walter Scott and was charged by the U.S. Justice Department with violating Scott’s civil rights, obstructing justice, and unlawfully using a weapon during the commission of a crime. If convicted, Slager faces life without parole.

On Nov. 7, 2016, the federal death penalty trial of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof is scheduled to begin. Roof is an avowed White supremacist  who reportedly sat in on the Bible study at Emmanuel AME Church for some time before announcing that he was there to “kill Black people. Before he started shooting, he allegedly said, “I have to do it. … You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” He reloaded five times before the shooting ended. Roof killed nine Blacks, six women and three men, including state Sen. Clementa Pinkney. After the shooting, police took Roof to Burger King because he was hungry after his mass killing.

The trials of Slager and Roof will take place in downtown Charleston directly across the street from one another. There is fear among Black activists that the trials could reopen racial strife if the public feels that justice is not being served. Charleston remained calm after the church shootings and was heralded as an example of forgiveness in the wake of the slayings of the members of  Emmanuel AME. Roof’s lawyers have said he would plead guilty to 33 counts of hate crimes, obstruction of religion and firearms charges if prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.




7 Comments

  1. Valica on October 31, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Really, I’m hungry, can we stop @ Burger King, who are these cops?

    • Sol Rothstein on October 31, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      They call them HOMEGROWN Race Warriors…you know…KILL THE BLACKS…save the whites no matter what.

      • agape harmony on October 31, 2016 at 6:56 pm

        YOU KNOW, I NOTICE YOU ARE ALWAYS IN THE MIDDLE TRYING TO START THINGS. YOU CAN TRY TO START THIS RACE WAR IF YOU WANT TO BUT REMEMBER GOD IS WATCHING YOU TOO. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO GO TO HELL FOR TRIVIAL THINGS. DO YOU LOVE YOU?

        • Jason on October 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm

          White Supremacists have nothing else to do.

      • Dunit on November 1, 2016 at 5:18 pm

        They call them HOMEGROWN TERRORISTS! There FIFY!!!

    • FuZ on October 31, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      The drive thru stop was so vile considering that he murdered folks. You get hungry after pulling the trigger several times.

  2. Jason on October 31, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    “There is fear among Black activists that the trials could reopen racial strife if the public feels that justice is not being served”. I guess “justice” better get served correctly. Maybe this threat of unrest is actually what is needed in order to get this justice.