"I forgive you,” Scott’s mother said to Michael Slager, a white man who fatally shot her unarmed son in a 2015 case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The attorney general's defense is now being used by lawyers for South Carolina Police Officer Michael Slager, who killed the unarmed Walter Scott.
A jury in North Charleston, S.C., could not agree that Michael Slager committed a crime when he fired five shots into Walter Scott's back, forcing the judge in the case to declare a mistrial.
On Wednesday, Richard Glossip will face execution by the state of Oklahoma despite mounting evidence pointing to his innocence.
Even though there is growing public anger at police for the savage encounters they provoke, there is no evidence that people are targeting police violently as a result. Law enforcement needs to stop waging war on Americans before there are concerted reprisals.
After being accused of inadequately representing the interests of blacks during his presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders took the major step of publishing a detailed platform articulating his views on the chronic violence inflicted upon Americans of color both physically and via the nation's political, legal and economic systems.
The police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a year ago launched the Black Lives Matter movement. But officer-involved shootings seem only to have accelerated.
A South Carolina grand jury has indicted a former police officer for murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.