For many of us, it was a head-scratching development.
But when a jury deadlocked a year ago in the much-watched trial of a white North Charleston, S.C., police officer in the killing of fleeing black motorist Walter Scott, the 50-year-old Scott’s mother was a fountain of faith.
It’s worth revisiting this amazing woman at both her lowest and yet most transcendent moment.
“I want you to know why I’m not sad,” Judy Scott valiantly told the world then. “Because Jesus is on the inside. And I know that justice will be served, because the God that I serve – he’s able. …
“God is my strength, and I know without a doubt that he is a just God and injustice will not prevail. …
“I trust God. I believe God. I am encouraged. Because I know God is able. … I’m just going to rest in the Lord … because the joy of the Lord is my strength. And I have been born again. I have been washed in the blood of the lamb…
“I don’t care what man says; I don’t care how it looks. It’s not over. It’s not over till God says its over.”
At the time, we called it Judy Scott’s “Bottomless cup of belief.” Now, a year later, it’s abundantly clear she was right to believe. Bless her everlasting soul, she was right. And her faith has been rewarded in some small measure.
On Thursday, former Officer Michael Slager was convicted by a judge of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
He most likely should’ve gotten more time. But 20 years, at age 36, is nothing to shake a stick at.
And neither is Judy Scott’s unerring faith.