Jury selection starts for officer in death of black motorist
A jury being chosen this week in Charleston will have to decide whether a white former police officer is guilty of murder in the shooting of an unarmed black motorist that shocked the nation after a bystander released cellphone video of the confrontation.
Michael Slager’s attorney contends there was more to the incident than what appeared on the widely seen video clip showing Walter Scott’s shooting, including a fight between the pair and a tussle over the officer’s Taser.
Coincidentally, the same week that a panel is being seated in the Slager case, jury selection begins for the trial of a former University of Cincinnati police officer who — like Slager — stands accused of murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.
Prospective jurors will be questioned today for Ray Tensing’s trial on murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in the shooting of Sam DuBose in July 2015.