South Carolina Cop Charged With Murder Is Fired
The white North Charleston cop charged with shooting an unarmed black man in the back has been fired.
With dozens of demonstrators in North Charleston protesting the fatal shooting there on Saturday of 50-year-old Walter Scott, which was captured on video by a witness, officials held a tense news conference expressing revulsion and appealing for calm.
“I have been praying for peace, peace for the family and peace for this community,” North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers said.
North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey told reporters that police officer Michael Slager, 33, had been fired. Summey said the remainder of the police force in North Charleston will soon be equipped with body cameras.
Slager was charged on Tuesday with murder in the death of Scott, the latest among several police shootings of black men over the past year in cities including New York; Ferguson, Missouri; and Cleveland, Ohio. The incidents have stirred debate across the United States about police use of lethal force and race relations, also drawing President Barack Obama into the discussion.
Police said Saturday’s shooting occurred after Slager, who joined the department in 2009, stopped Scott for a broken brake light.