Jury se­lec­tion starts for of­fi­cer in death of black mo­torist

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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