The video of this shooting is so shocking. And all this happened
because of a broken tail light. Black people now game for police
officers to shoot down? The moment a white police officer in North
Charleston, South Carolina shot a fleeing unarmed black man five
times in the back then handcuffed his lifeless body after he crumpled on
the ground was captured on tape and it’s shocking.
officer Michael Slager, 33, opened fire on father-of-4 Walter Scott,
50, on Saturday morning April 4th after
stopping him over a broken tail light. The police officer was arrested
yesterday April 7th after the video was seen by police. He had initially
claimed he shot Scott because he feared for his life, but the video
shows Scott actually fleeing from him. The officer shot 8 times, three
missed Scott, a Coast Guard veteran. He has now been charged with
murder. The video is quite shocking. Watch here and continue to read the story
“When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. When you make a bad decision,
don’t care if you’re behind the shield or a citizen on the street, you
have to live with that decision.’
Monday, the police officer’s lawyer issued a statement putting across
Slager’s version of events. He said the officer ‘felt threatened and
reached for his department-issued firearm and fired his weapon. “Officer
Slager believes he followed all the proper procedures and policies of
the North Charleston Police Department’.
lawyer for the family said that the footage shows Slager
‘casually’ taking Scott’s life, and acting as if there would be no
L. Chris Stewart said: ‘This was a cop who felt like he could get away
with just shooting anybody that many times in the back… He just
casually shot a man that many times in the back. At the moment he turned
and ran and was not a threat to anybody else that officer was
Anthony, right, spoke alongside Walter’s younger brother Rodney, left, at a press conference Tuesday
initial reports stated something totally different – the officer said
Mr Scott attacked him and tried to use his Taser on him. But somebody
The Mercedes Scott was driving when he was stopped apparently over a burned-out tail light
Walter Scott starts to run away before he is
hit in the back and killed by police officer Michael Slager. Photo /
still from YouTube
Police in the US state of South Carolina have charged a police
officer with murder after video showed him apparently gunning down a
fleeing black man, a rare arrest in a string of shootings of unarmed
black men that have raised allegations of police racism.
Carolina state police arrested officer Michael Slager, 33, and charged
him with murder on Tuesday (local time), a felony that carries a
sentence of up to life in prison or the death penalty, according to
“The Defendant (Slager) did shoot the victim
multiple times in the back after an altercation. All this is based upon
video evidence and the investigation of the State Law Enforcement
Division,” reads a South Carolina court document.
A number of
killings of unarmed black men by police officers in recent months have
sparked protests across the United States with protesters alleging
racism in the nation’s police and raising accusations that officers use
Officers have rarely been charged in the shootings, even when the incidents were recorded.
arrest comes after video surfaced of the shooting that killed
50-year-old Walter Scott on Saturday in the coastal city of North
The video seems to show Slager in an altercation with
Scott and then draw his gun and shoot seven to eight shots in Scott’s
back as Scott fled.
The officer approaches Scott, who is on the
ground, telling him to put his hands behind his back, and Slager puts
him in handcuffs, the video shows. Slager then appears to get a device
that had fallen during the altercation and drop it by Scott’s body.
Michael Slager takes aim before apparently shooting Walter Scott in the back. Photo / still from YouTube
The video was first released by The New York Times after being given to the newspaper by the Scott family’s lawyer.
Slager was charged with murder in a South Carolina court before being booked into a nearby jail.
The incident was prompted by a traffic stop due to a broken tail light, local media said.
North Charleston mayor Keith Summey described the shooting as a “bad decision,” local newspaper The Post and Courier reported.
you make a bad decision, don’t care if you’re behind the shield or a
citizen on the street, you have to live with that decision,” the mayor
The victim’s family spoke out at a news conference after
the officer’s arrest, saying they were grateful for the “hero” who
recorded the video.
“If there wasn’t a video, would we know the
truth? Or would we have just gone with what was reported earlier? But we
know the truth now,” said Walter’s brother Anthony in remarks broadcast
on the MSNBC network.
South Carolina police told AFP they could not comment on the case as the investigation is ongoing.
“We are continuing to work on the investigation,” said Thom Berry from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
A string of shootings
killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in August was a catalyst
for a recent surge in protests in the country and a renewed debate on
racism. A jury chose not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer
for the shooting.
Since then, other killings by police have
prompted protests in the states of Wisconsin, Georgia, New York and
California, among others.
An apparent retaliatory killing of two New York police officers occurred in December.
officers have significant legal protections in the United States and
the evidence required to bring charges against them is rarely produced.
The US Justice Department has launched investigations into a number of police departments after shootings.
unearthed damning evidence of racism by some in the Ferguson police
department and evidence that officers targeted black residents.
President Barack Obama has spoken out about problems with policing in
parts of the country and he created a task force to try to address the
problem following public outcry.
The director of the FBI acknowledged in February that racial bias is a serious problem in US policing.
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