SC weighs in on Dylann Roof and the death penalty

Dylann Roof
FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. A South Carolina prosecutor said Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, that she will seek the death penalty for Roof, who is charged with killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston. Roof also faces federal charges including hate crimes. Prosecutors in that case have not said if they will pursue the death penalty. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

A new University of South Carolina poll says most African-American South Carolinians don’t think Dylann Roof should get the death penalty.

They say it won’t bring justice and the accused Charleston church shooter should instead face life without parole.

On the other hand most Caucasian South Carolinians said Roof should get the death penalty.

The same poll found most people, regardless of race, supported the decision to charge former North Charleston officer Michael Slager with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott.

They were also nearly unanimous in wanting more police officers to wear body cameras.

The majority of African-Americans polled also said police are too quick to use deadly force.

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