Community activist says nothing has changed since Walter Scott's death 2 years ago
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) —
Walter Scott was shot and killed by former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager two years ago Tuesday.
Community activists, like Pastor Thomas Dixon, say nothing has changed.
"Where are we at?" he asked. "We're still fighting that struggle."
Dixon spent the morning of the two-year anniversary at the site where Scott was killed. He said it was a quiet time for him to reflect on the past 24 months.
"I have the same feelings approaching this anniversary as I've had since it all happened," he said.
Dixon said he feels an overwhelming sorrow when he thinks back to December, when Slager's murder trial ended in a hung jury, and he points to the lack of transparency within the City of North Charleston, which he says still exists.
"I'm still heavy at heart, especially now because it's two years later. I really don't see how we're in a better place."
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey disagrees.
"There haven't been any major changes, but it's been more of a revisitation of the way we do some things, and I think we are a better city today than we were two years ago," Summey said at an event in North Charleston Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Scott family prepares to relive Walter's death at Slager's federal trial next month.
Their attorney, Chris Stewart, says they are confident.
"Walter Scott's legacy should be changed, and he didn't die in vain," Stewart said.
Dixon too, is hopeful for justice.
"I have to be hopeful, to hope that there will be a right way, a better decision, and a better world," he explained.
He said that hope is even stronger today on the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"It's ironic that the two of them were killed on the same day and basically because of the same hatreds that were just as prevalent 49 years ago as they are today," Dixon said. "I say that to our own detriment. We got to do better."
Dixon and other activists hosted an event Tuesday night to celebrate King and Scott.
It was from 5 p.m. - 7p.m. at the International Longshoremen's Association on Morrison Drive.