December 2016: Michael Slager Trial Is Declared a Mistrial
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major U.S. news events of December 2016.
1. Oakland Warehouse Fire Kills Dozens 2. Army Corps of Engineers Announces Pipeline Stoppage 3. Judge Announces Mistrial in Michael Slager Case 4. Supreme Court Rules in Samsung's Favor 5. Astronaut John Glenn Dies 6. Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman Trophy 7. Feds Raise Interest Rates 8. Yahoo Announces Another Hack 9. Dylann Roof Found Guilty 10. Heimlich Maneuver's Henry Heimlich Dies 11. Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor Dies
- Michael Slager Trial Is Declared a Mistrial
- On Dec. 5, 2016, Judge Clifton Newman of South Carolina declares a mistrial in the case of Michael Slager. Slager, a police officer, shot and killed an unarmed, 50-year-old black man, Walter Scott, in April 2015. The video of the shooting sparked many Black Lives Matter protests. Judge Newman calls a mistrial because the jury is unable to come to a unanimous decision, even after 22 hours of deliberation over 4 days. Scott's family members vow to continue their fight for justice.
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