Today show image from Baltimore in segment about Slager mistrial

The "Today" show flashed this image on screen during a segment Wednesday, Dec. 7 about the mistrial of Michael Slager and the subsequent reaction in Charleston. 

NBC's "Today" show issued a brief on-air correction Thursday for showing a photo of unrest in Baltimore during a segment about the mistrial in the shooting death of Walter Scott. 

The correction did not include an explanation as to why an image showing a protest after the death of Freddie Gray in 2015 was used when talking about reaction to the mistrial in Charleston.

"We showed an image from a protest unrelated to that case. We've removed the image from our story on and regret the error," Tamron Hall said just over an hour into the show.

Matt Lauer on Tuesday morning gave national audiences a 27-second update on the murder trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager, which ended Monday in a mistrial. 

An image from Baltimore appeared on the screen as Lauer said, "The mayor of Charleston, community leaders and South Carolina's governor are urging a calm response to that ruling." The image did not include any text overlay indicating it was another city and news event from the one being discussed.

The clip was removed from the "Today" show's website by Wednesday afternoon, and an editor's note said, "This video erroneously included an image from an event not related to the Scott trial, and has been removed."

The greater Charleston community was praised for its peaceful response following Scott's death in April 2015, at a time when violent riots have erupted in other cities following the killings of unarmed black men by police officers. Slager was arrested on a murder charge once the video emerged publicly. 

After the mistrial was declared, Scott's family addressed reporters and called for peace. A reporter's photo from later that evening showed one woman sitting on a bench outside the courthouse with a sign that read, "Black Lives Matter."

Charleston police said about 15 peaceful protesters gathered at Hampstead Mall Playground on Wednesday night. There were no issues.

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, who prosecuted the case, has vowed to try Slager again.

Also during Thursday's "Today" show, the jury foreman in Slager's trial told NBC that the panel had focused on a manslaughter charge after deciding the policeman had done nothing "malicious" in Scott's shooting death.

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Angie Jackson covers crime and breaking news for The Post and Courier. She previously covered the same beat for the Grand Rapids Press and in Michigan. When she’s not reporting, Angie enjoys teaching yoga and exploring the outdoors.